• Lockport Township High School
    English Department
    Required Summer Reading 2021

    For the summer of 2021, only students enrolled in AP Language or AP Literature
    are required to complete a summer reading assignment:

    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:

    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.

    Check out the Abraham Lincoln Award Illinois High School Readers’ Choice Awards, or even the New York Times Best-Sellers List. The New York Times even has a Young Adult Best Sellers List. There are many ways to access free books like Project Gutenberg or the National Emergency Library, a temporary collection of books that supports intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.

    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!