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2019 Summer Reading and Viewing Requirements

Summer Reading Testing Dates:

Tuesday, June 18 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 24 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14 | 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Below are deadline dates for students to complete summer reading testing. Students may test before/after school and during their lunch period. All testing done before August 21 counts as summer reading.

Seniors: August 15
Juniors: August 16
Sophomores: August 19
Freshmen: August 20

Required Books and Films:

Students are required to take Accelerated Reader tests on all assigned and choice novels.

English I (CP)

    • Book: Night by Elie Wiesel
    • Film: Hotel Rwanda (1994 – PG-13)

English I (H)

    • Books: Night by Elie Wiesel and The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
    • Film: Hotel Rwanda (1994 – PG-13)

English II (CP)

    • Book: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Agatha Christie (ISBN: 9780062073563)
    • No Film Requirement

English II (H)

    • Books: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Agatha Christie (ISBN: 9780062073563) and The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
    • No Film Requirement

English III (CP)

    • Book: Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    • Film: Dead Poets’ Society (1989 – PG)

English III (H) and (AP)

    • Book: Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    • Film: Dead Poets’ Society (1989 – PG)
    • Also: Students must read a work from a designated list; you may access this list here. This reading will feed into a major research project to be completed during the junior year. For questions email Mrs. Sharon Guillory at sharon.guillory@stmcougars.net.

English IV (CP)

    • Book: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
    • Film: He Named Me Malala (PG-13 – 2015)
English IV (H and DE**):
    • Books: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
    • Film: The King’s Speech (R-2010) (strongly preferred with parental permission) OR A Beautiful Mind (PG-13 – 2001)
      **DE students are not required to take an AR test on their assigned texts. There will be a written and oral assignment at the beginning of the new school year to assess their reading.

English IV (AP):

    • Books: 1984 by George Orwell and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
    • Film: The King’s Speech (R-2010) (strongly preferred with parental permission) OR A Beautiful Mind (PG-13 – 2001)

Additional Reading Opportunity:


During the summer, all STM students may earn an additional 50/50 or 100/100 at the start of the year by earning a specified number of AR points in addition to their required reading. Books may be found using AR Bookfinder.

    • For a bonus 50/50 grade: earn 10 AR points through extra summer reading
    • For a bonus 100/100 grade: earn 20 AR points through extra summer reading

Please note:

    • Points earned from required summer reading do not count toward this bonus grade.
    • These additional/bonus points will be added to the core 15 points students will be required to earn during first quarter; they will not count towards students’ mandatory first-quarter AR reading requirement.

Students may not test on books that appear on our Exclusion List, which should be checked before beginning any novel of choice. Current movies made from books are automatically on the exclusion list when released.