Curriculum Overview

  • High school students learn important skills and knowledge through direct instruction from their teachers, collaboration with their peers, opportunities for problem-solving, and independent mastery. Instructional technology is used to engage students in critical thinking, research using approved resources, and communication of their ideas. Students develop concepts and knowledge in:

    • Mathematics
    • English Language Arts
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Art and Music
    • Physical Education and Health
  • Gainesville High School Summer Reading List:

    2018-2019

    All students are required to read at least one book, depending on the level of English in which they will be enrolled. Students, please find the course for which you are registered. The books assigned for your course, as well as any assignments, must be completed by the time you return to school or otherwise indicated. Titles are available from bookstores, the public library, the GHS media center and from sources online.

     

    Grade 9

              

    English I (read ONE for Extra Credit):

     

    While summer reading is not mandatory, incoming regular students are encouraged to read one of the following list of novels and complete an assignment for extra credit.

    Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

    The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

    Handbook for Boys by Walter Dean Myers

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

     

    English I Honors

     

    Required for all: The Bean Trees Barbara Kingsolver

     

    For your second title, choose ONE from:

    Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki and James D. Houston

     

    Cambridge (read all)

     

    Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki

    and James D. Houston

    A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

    The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver           


                How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon



    Grade 10

                                       

    English II (read one):

     

    Scythe by Neal Shusterman

    The Battle of Jericho by Sharon Draper

    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (first in the Uglies Series)

    The Freedom Writer's Diary by the Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell

     

    English II Honors (read both)

     

    The Help by Kathryn Stockett

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

     

     

    Cambridge (read both)

     

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

     

    Grade 11

     

    English III (read one):

     

    The Pact by Drs. Sampson Davis, George

    Jenkins & Rameck Hunt

    The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells

    A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

     

    English III Honors (read one):

     

    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

    The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

    A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

     

    AP Language & Composition (read all):

     

    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

    The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

     

    Cambridge (read all):

     

    The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

     

    Grade 12

                 

    English IV (read one):

     

    The Final Four by Paul Volponi

    Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

    The Code by Mawi Asgedom

    Fences by August Wilson

    How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon

     

    English IV Honors/AICE General Paper (read both):

     

    The Color of Water by James McBride

    A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

    *Complete an academic resume due the first week of school (samples available online on Ms. Drew’s website)

     

     

    AP Literature & Composition (read all):

     

    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

    No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

    How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas Foster

     

    Cambridge (read/complete all assignments):

     

    Small Island by Andrea Levy

    How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas Foster (over the summer, go to Ms. Drew’s website for accompanying assignment instructions)

    Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, Parts I, II, & III

     

    • Additional assignment: complete a rough draft of an academic resume. Samples/templates are available on Ms. Drew’s website under Course Materials. You may either use one of those or search for another template more appealing to you. This is due Wednesday of the first week of school.

     

     

     

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