•  Halls High School

    Summer Reading List for
    English, Social Studies,and Science 
    English Department

    Outside Readings 2018-2019

    An alternate reading selection is available for any objectionable material.  If parents or students have any questions, they should email the teacher(s) of the courses or call the guidance office on Wednesday mornings and leave a message.  

    English I Honors

    Teachers:  Melissa Sandling   katherine.sandling@knoxschools.org

     The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain***

    On the surface, this is just a simple story of a mischievous boy who seems to cause chaos wherever he goes; however, close examination shows Twain’s deeper purpose of revealing society’s hypocrisy through the maturation of a young boy.

     Lord of the Flies by William Golding***

    This novel chronicles what happens when a group of boys is forced to take care of itself on an island void of adults. Even though a new communal order is established almost right away, the boys ultimately choose individualism over community, one of the key themes of the story.

    Animal Farm by George Orwell

    Animals often tell a story better than we do; that is the case in this allegorical portrayal of the Russian Revolution. The animals expel their humans and learn to manage a farm and community of their own. In so doing, they teach us the importance of certain freedoms.

    English II Honors 

    Teacher: Eric Johnson  Ronald.johnson@knoxschools.org  

                  Miki Cates miki.cates@knoxschools.org

    The Grapes of Wrath*** 

    This novel by John Steinbeck takes place during the 1930s. The story follows the Joad family on their journey from Oklahoma to California. Their search for jobs, food, and a home effectively (and sometimes graphically) shows the social and economic plight of many people during the Great Depression.

     A Farewell to Arms

    This novel by Ernest Hemingway takes place in Europe during WWI. The story follows Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American ambulance driver as he struggles to survive in the war and falls in love with Catherine Barkely, a nurse. Hemingway uses his own wartime experiences to show readers a passionate love story in the midst of a gruesome war. Hemingway also gives readers a historical glimpse of the disillusionment felt by the “lost generation” and how they cope with the stress of fighting a war.

     The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter, a classic novel, begins in seventeenth-century Boston, then a Puritan settlement. The story follows Hester Prynne and her newborn daughter, Pearl, and revolves around the community’s judgment of Hester for not revealing the father’s identity.  Shunned by the community, Hester and Pearl live in a small cottage on the outskirts of the town. Community officials attempt to take Pearl away from Hester, but, with the help of Arthur Dimmesdale, a young and eloquent minister, the mother and daughter manage to stay together.

    English III Advanced Placement: Literature and Composition

     Teacher:  Traci Angelini    traci.angelini@knoxschools.org

                      Candace Hoskins  candace.hoskins@knoxschools.org

    The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien***

    This collection of short stories chronicles the journey of Alpha Company through its tour in Vietnam. In The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien "emphasizes the magical powers of storytelling," incorporating both factual writing and memoir to create fiction that is ‘truer than fact’." Literature Resource Center. Detroit: Gale, 2005.

    A Doll’s House by Henrick Ibsen

    Ibsen’s play takes place in a single room, but the protagonist, Nora, transcends it. She discovers what true freedom is over the course of the play and chooses to follow its unconventional path in the end.

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    This is perhaps Austen’s most beloved story. It not only explores the effects of pride and prejudice, as the title denotes, but it also takes a critical look at female roles and expectations in society, mirroring the views of the author herself.

    English IV Advanced Placement: Language and Composition

    Teacher:  Kim Hurst   kim.hurst@knoxschools.org

    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini ***

    The novel starts as an eloquent Afghan version of the American immigrant experience in the late 20th century, but betrayal and redemption come to the forefront when the narrator, a writer, returns to his ravaged homeland to rescue the son of his childhood friend after the boy's parents are shot during the Taliban takeover in the mid '90s. Student Resource Center. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2006.

    The Life of Pi by Yann Martel ***

    Pi Patel, a young man from India, tells how he was shipwrecked and stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger for 227 days. This outlandish story is only the core of a deceptively complex three-part novel about, ultimately, memory as a narrative and about how we choose truths. Student Resource Center. Detroit:

    Thomson Gale, 2006.

     ***Excellent story; language and themes may be objectionable.


    Social Studies

    AP United States Government

    Summer Assignment 2018

    400 Points

    The 2017 summer assignment for Advanced Placement U.S. Government consists of three different activities.   Each activity will be due August 8, 2017 and there is no exemption for those students registered for the class in the spring 2018 semester. 

    1.      The United States Constitution.  The essential guide to our government’s structure and core philosophy.   100 points


    Find----  this website has a nicely searchable version:


    Read----we will be using the Constitution all year long.  Read every word thoroughly—from the beginning of the Preamble to the end of the 27th Amendment.  Look up what you don’t understand.

    Write---complete the worksheet attached to this page.  You’ll use it all year as your personal guide to the Constitution.

    Test---August 14, 2017 or January 8, 2018 of Spring Semester


    2.       Supreme Court Case Journals.    200 points

    Attached you will find 35 Supreme Court Cases, and for each case, you should provide the following:


    Provide the Constitutional Question.  You need to establish what Constitutional question arose from the specific case.  Include which article or amendment is in question.

    Background Information.  In one paragraph, summarize the background information of the case, or how it reached the Supreme Court.

    Provide a summary of the court’s opinion.  The summary should also note the vote of the court. ***Essential..what reasoning did the court give for the ruling.

    Resources:  I recommend that you use oyez.org or landmarkcases.org to help get you started.  You may also use other sources you can locate to help clarify the information, but they must be reliable sources----you may not use Wikipedia.  Be sure that your background of the case and the opinion of the Court are in your own words.  Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are you to cut and paste any material that you find during your research.




    3.       Current Events.  Keep up with what is happening in the world.   This is what makes government class great—everything we do connects to what’s going on around us right now.


    ·         Follow the news for 5 of the following weeks:

    5/28- 6/3                      7/2-7/8

    6/4-6/10                       7/9-7/15

    6/11-6/17                    7/16-7/22

    6/18-6/                         7/23-7/29                    

    6/26-7/1                       7/30-8/5

    ·         Type a one-page summary of each week that highlights the top stories for the week.

    ·         Focus should be on government and international relations stories; I am not looking for sports scores.

    ·         Attach a source page to indicate what sources you used to access the news during that week.


    Court cases and Current events should be: typed, double spaced, 12 font

     Top 35 Supreme Court Cases


    Classic Marshall Court Cases

    1.     Marbury v. Madison

    2.    McCulloch v. Maryland

    3.    Gibbons v. Ogden


    1st Amendment:  Establishment Clause

    4.     Engel v. Vitale

    5.    Lemon v. Kurtzman


    1st Amendment:  Free Exercise Clause

    6.     Reynolds v. U.S.

    7.    Oregon v. Smith


    1st Amendment:  Free Speech

    8.     Schenck v. U.S.

    9.    New York Times v. Sullivan

    10.  Roth v. U.S.

    11.  Tinker v. Des Maines ISD

    12.  Texas v. Johnson


    14th Amendment:  Selective Incorporation

    13.  Barron v. Baltimore

    14.  Gitlow v. New York


    14th Amendment:  Due Process

    15.  Weeks v. U.S.

    16.  Mapp v. Ohio

    17.  Gideon v. Wainwright

    18.  Miranda v. Arizona


    14th Amendment:  Equal Protection Cases

    19.   Dred Scott Sandford

    20.  Plessy v. Ferguson

    21.  Regents of the University of California v. Bakke

    22.  Obergefell vs. Hodges

    23.  Fisher vs. Texas

    24.  Grutter v. Bollinger


    The Right to Privacy

    25.  Griswold v. Connecticut

    26.  Roe v. Wade


    Appointment Cases & Campaign Finance

    27.   Baker v. Carr

    28.  Wesberry v. Sanders

    29.  Reno v. Shaw

    30.  Buckley v. Valeo

    31.  Evenwel vs. Abbott


    Executive Privilege

    32.   Korematsu v. U.S.

    33.  United States v. Nixon


    Federalism/Commerce Power

    34.  U.S. v Lopez

    35.  U.S. v Morrison


    Freshmen Honors World History
    Book:  A Little History of the World, Author:  E. H. Gombrich
     Science Department 
     AP Biology:  Teacher:  April Hunter

    Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

    The Double Helix by James Watson

    Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings by Gary Wenk

    Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley