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Natick Summer Reading Books

Subjects: Teens

Looking for your Summer Reading Books for School? Below you'll find the Summer 2024 Middle School, High School, Honors, and AP books for Natick Schools.

The books are available in multiple formats (book/eBook/eAudiobook); click on the book titles below to check the library catalog or place a hold.

Middle School Books - entering Grades 5-8

All grades have options for their required readings. Students need to select one of the following texts to read, but if interested, they can certainly read more than one of the choices. Full info is available on the school's: 2024 Middle School Summer Reading Flyer.

Incoming Grade 5

Incoming Grade 6

Incoming Grade 7

Incoming Grade 8

Natick High School Summer Reading & Enrichment

Goals and Expectations

  • Specific grade-level courses will be assigned a list of options related to course content. Texts and activities will enable students to build background knowledge through experiential learning while developing an authentic relationship with the curriculum.
  • Note: Honors English courses have additional Summer Reading assignments

Freshman Summer Assignment: Global Awareness

1. Choose a book (see below) or experience from the list.

2. Reflect on the essential question: How have hate, prejudice and bias impacted the world throughout history?  How are hate, prejudice and bias impacting our community today?

3. Students will present and reflect on their enrichment experience in their Global Awareness class during September.

Sophomore Summer Assignment: Chemistry

1. Choose a book (see below*) or experience from the list.
*Note: you can read any book by Michio Kaku

Junior Summer Assignment: American Literature

1. Choose a book (see below) or experience from the list.

2. Pick 1-2 questions from the list of unit essential questions and write a brief reflection including details of your text/experience and how it connects to or answers the question.

3. Students will be asked to present about their summer experience in the fall.

Senior Summer Assignment: College and Career Readiness

Follow the Guidance Department Senior Year Checklist to prepare for your Fall Guidance Seminar and college /career planning.

Natick High School Honors Books

Entering Freshman Honors Books

Students taking Honors Freshman: English 10 - in addition to choosing one of the freshman enrichment choices, students will read Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.

Entering Sophomore Honors Books

Students taking Honors Sophomore: English 20 - in addition to choosing one of the sophomore enrichment choices, students will read a memoir novel.

Entering Juniors Honors Books

Students taking Juniors Honors: English 30 - in addition to choosing one of the junior enrichment choices, students will read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

AP Lang & Comp

Students will read:

  • They Say / I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

(See assignment here.)

AP Lit & Comp

Students will read:

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

In addition, students will read a curated collection of poetry.

(See assignment here).