Summer Reading 11R

2018 Summer Reading – English 11R

The North Shore High School English 11R teachers are happy to present two intriguing choices for your Summer Reading assignment.  Please select ONE of the novels below. 

While some students prefer purchasing their books, copies will be available at the NSHS library as well as both the Sea Cliff and the Gold Coast Public Libraries.  You can also download the eBook version.

The assignment is mandatory and will be graded as a formal first quarter assessment at the end of September.



  1. Read one of the novels in the text box below.



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, by Mark Haddon

Follow the surprising and unlikely story of a boy on the autism spectrum as he undertakes a dedicated mission to solve the mystery of a neighborhood dog’s death. His journey makes for a peculiar and endearing portrait of a boy trying to navigate a world he struggles to understand.


All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Follow a pair of dueling narrative voices as two teens on either side of World War II embark on quests for survival. Fighting against the horrors of war, these protagonists endure challenges and make sacrifices that force them to contemplate the human condition and the barriers that must be broken to facilitate communication.


2)  As you read, earmark two 40-50 line extracts (passages) from the novel
of thematic significance. 

3)   Make a copy of both of your chosen extracts.  Identify the theme on the top of the page.  Annotate the passages for theme and literary and/or rhetorical devices.

4)   Bring both annotated passages to class when the assignment is due at the end of September.

Each annotated passage will receive points based on how strongly and thoroughly the selection and annotations demonstrate a clear and supportable theme.