• Lockport Township High School
    English Department
    Required Summer Reading 2022

    For the summer of 2022, only students enrolled in AP Language or AP Literature
    are required to complete a summer reading assignment:

    Teachers of these courses will be available to answer questions about the assignments via email.

    Students enrolled in Honors Junior English AP Language are to read the following:

    Jay Heinrichs, How to Argue with a Cat: A Human’s Guide to the Art of Persuasion

    Alex Kotlowitz, An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago

    Students enrolled in Honors Senior English AP Literature are to read the following:

    Thomas Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor

    J. D. Salinger, The Catcher
    in the Rye


    Though summer reading is not required for students enrolled in other English courses,
    we still encourage students to read over the summer:

    Check out the Read for a Lifetime initiative, a statewide reading program for high school students, that promotes reading of the classics and contemporary literature for enjoyment! Our librarians, Mr. Conway and Mr. Krohn, and the English Department are encouraging students to read at least four books from the list. We will be organizing summer reading celebrations with prizes and other awards once school begins in August.   

    Why Summer Reading?

    Encouraging reading over the summer can help avoid what experts call the “summer slide.” This refers to the loss of learning that occurs over the course of a summer, and it is more dramatic than you might think. Studies show that choosing to read in the summer may be the difference between the college-bound student and the non-college-bound student. Reading just one book over the course of the summer can minimize the “summer slide,” and keep you on track to reach your potential.

    The important thing is to find a book that appeals to you, and spend some time this summer reading. As Oscar Wilde observed, “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

    Pick a book and enjoy your summer!