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English Dept Summer Assignments

Summer Reading and Writing Assigned for ALL Students (Grades 9-12) - Summer 2018

The Bell Gardens English Department assigns summer assignments to ALL students. This assignment is intended to promote literacy and decrease the skills regression that many students experience over the summer. Please refer to the information on this page for information and resources.


Click on the link below for your assignment. You are encouraged to purchase your own text. However, links to texts available online (in red) are also listed if you prefer to read online.


Rising Freshmen (CLICK HERE for details and deadlines)

(all freshmen will read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and write three journal responses)


Rising Sophomores (CLICK HERE for details and deadlines)

(all sophomores will read Angela's Ashes, complete a dialectical journal, and a response; Honors students will complete an additional writing assignment)


Rising Juniors (CLICK HERE for details and deadlines)

(all juniors will read Native Son and complete a writing task)


Rising Seniors (CLICK HERE for details and deadlines if you will NOT be in AP English next  year)

(seniors enrolled in a NON-AP English class next year will write TWO personal essays and read Aria; 


Rising Seniors (CLICK HERE for details and deadlines if you WILL be in AP English next  year)

(seniors enrolled in AP English  next year will write TWO personal essays, and read/annotate/take notes on The Picture of Dorian Gray.) Listen online: The Picture of Dorian Gray Read online: The Picture of Dorian Gray