•  Halls High School

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

    Halls High School

    Outside Readings 2018-19

     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.

     The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain***

    This novel could be described by very similar terms as the Tom Sawyer story. However, where Tom Sawyer lays the foundation, Huck Finn's story builds on Tom's and forms a more mature lesson about humanity. Racial inequality--  and the historically accurate terms implied --  is very present in this novel, but this illuminates the title character's realization that race means nothing when friendship is involved. 

    English II Honors 

     Teachers: Eric Johnson  Ronald.johnson@knoxschools.org  

                  Miki Cates miki.cates@knoxschools.org

                  Kristy Starks-Winn  kristy.starkswinn@knoxschools.org 

    1984 by George Orwell***

    Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever...

    "The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command." Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching...

    The Crucible by Arthur Miller***

    One of the true masterpieces of twentieth-century American theater, The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving, but that compels readers to fathom their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theatre can.

    A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway***

    Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield—weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep.

     English III Advanced Placement: Literature and Composition


    Teachers:  Traci Angelini    traci.angelini@knoxschools.org

                      Candace Hoskins  candace.hoskins@knoxschools.org

     Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Pride and Prejudice is a romantic novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story charts the emotional development of the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, who learns the error of making hasty judgments and comes to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential. The comedy of the writing lies in the depiction of manners, education, marriage, and money during the British Regency period.

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

    The Things They Carried (1990) is a collection of linked short stories by American novelist Tim O'Brien, about a platoon of American soldiers fighting on the ground in the Vietnam War. His third book about the war, it is based upon his experiences as a soldier in the 23rd Infantry Division.

    The Awakening by Kate Chopin

    The Awakening is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension.

    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

    Please see the Guidance Office for list of readings.  

     Science Department 
     AP Biology:  Teacher:  April Hunter

    AP Biology Summer Assignment

    First of all, I would like to say Welcome to Advanced Placement Biology. This is a college-level course, and therefore, extremely intensive in the content and the pace. Because we have so much to cover, and my expectations are that you have learned and retained certain concepts from other Science courses prior to taking AP Biology, you will have a summer assignment to allow us to move quickly through chapters on which you should already have a good grasp. I also want you introduced to more complex applications and ideas about some of the concepts we will be discussing throughout the year, so you will also be reading one book from the list provided to you in this document.

    There are FIVE parts to your Summer Assignment:

    Choose one of the following books and write a two to three page paper. The paper should include:

    A summary of the book highlighting the main points and interesting parts

    A favorite quote chosen from the book with an explanation of why you chose it

    An explanation of how this book tied in to at least one of the four Big Ideas of AP Biology

    Your personal opinion/thoughts on the book as a whole

    Book Options:

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

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

    - The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance by Nessa Carey

    Read Chapters 2, 3, and 4 in the AP Biology textbook

    Outline Chapters 2, 3, and 4 (this can be typed or handwritten)

    Complete the “Testing Your Knowledge Self Quiz” assessment at the end of Chapters 2, 3, and 4 by writing the entire question, the letter of the correct answer, and the entire correct answer.

    Complete Reading Guides for Chapters 2, 3, and 4 (handwritten)

    ~The Reading Guides can be accessed from the files uploaded to the Summer Reading List webpage on the main Halls High School page. If you are having issues accessing these files to download, email me and I will send them to you via email.


    *You will have a test over Chapters 2, 3, and 4 the Friday after you return from Summer break, so it is vital that you take these assignments seriously and complete all parts to the assignment.