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Mallard Creek
High School
3825 Johnston Oehler Road
Charlotte, NC 28269
Courier #: 445
P: 980-343-1341  |  F: 980-343-1342 
Principal: Kevin Garay
LC: Northeast
Bell Schedule: 7:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Grades: 9-12
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Summer Reading Assignment for Rising Freshmen



Summer Reading Assignment for MCHS Class of 2022

Dear Rising Freshmen:

Congratulations on being (almost) finished with middle school. We are looking forward to meeting you in the fall! As part of our endeavor to make sure all freshmen are ready for a successful high school experience, we require all incoming 9th graders to complete a summer reading assignment. The ninth grade English team has carefully selected titles that will be of high interest for your summer reading. Many of the themes also connect with ideas and issues you might confront in high school—or in life. We recommend that you get your book early and read at a leisurely pace instead of cramming in all the work right before the start of school. These should be books you enjoy, so savor them!

Please make sure you finish this reading assignment BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL; high school is busy and stressful enough without adding an additional summer reading assignment to your other coursework. You only need to choose one book to read to complete the assignment.

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes

Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

The First Part Last – Angela Johnson

The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros

Into Thin Air – Jon Krakhauer

Evaluation: You will complete an online essay assessment within the first week of your English course. This work will be counted as a FORMAL grade in the first quarter of your English class, so when you read, pay close attention to your novel.

Use this link to submit your essay:

Respond to all of the following prompts in one well-planned, organized, and grammatically correct page for your summer reading. Complete responses will most likely have 400 words or more. Feel free to jot down some of your ideas on scratch paper before you begin writing to organize your thoughts. Proofread carefully and be as specific as possible in your responses. Remember that this is a FORMAL grade, so treat it accordingly.

Answer ALL questions:

  1. Describe the setting of your novel (time, place, historical significance, etc). How did the setting impact the story and/or the characters?

  2. What was the biggest conflict or challenge facing the main character? How did he/she respond? What is the most significant lesson he/she learned by the end of the book?

  3. Which character had the most influence (whether good or bad) on the main character? Explain three impacts/instances of this influence in detail.

  4. Make a connection between this novel and either your own life, another book you’ve read, or world events (past or present).

Thank you and see you in the fall!

The MCHS Freshman English Team

Use this link to submit your essay:

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