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2020 Summer Reading and Viewing Requirements


Due to the COVID-19 Restrictions, listed texts will not be available for purchase through St. Thomas More. However, all are available via other book vendors such as Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobles, Books-a-Million, etc. Students will also be allowed to utilize eBooks that may be purchased through amazon or other vendors and read on kindles, iPads, or other tablets and devices.

Below are deadline dates for students to complete summer reading AR Program testing. Students may test before/after school and during their lunch period. Testing for 1st quarter AR (15 points required) begins August 26.  All testing done before August 26 counts as summer reading.

Seniors: August 18 - 19
Juniors: August 20 - 21
Sophomores: August 31 and September 1
Freshmen: September 2 & 3

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 Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    • Film: Life of Pi (PG - 2012)

English II (H)

    • Books: The  Alchemist - by Paulo Coelho and Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis  Please note that Out of the Silent Planet is the first text in a trilogy. Students are only required to read this first text.  They are not required to read Perelandra or That Hideous Strength
    • Film: Life of Pi (PG - 2012)

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)

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 Listwhich should be checked before beginning any novel of choice. Current movies made from books are automatically on the exclusion list when released.