Redondo Union 12th Grade English Summer Reading Lists

Seniors enrolled in both college prep and AP English at Redondo Union High School have summer reading assignments.

All seniors enrolled in English classes at have summer reading assignments, according to reading lists posted on the Redondo Union website.

College prep seniors are encouraged to read one or two books by the start of the school year. As an incentive, students who do their summer reading will get extra credit on a class assignment during the first week of school.

Seniors in Advanced Placement English Literature classes must read Brave New World, at least five poems from three different poets (listed below), as well as complete an assignment due Aug. 28 (the first day of school) for credit.

For the assignment, students must write a one-page analysis of multiple passages from Brave New World. The assignment should be typed, double-spaced and in 12-point font. Additionally, students should write a thesis statement explaining the meaning of one poem from each poet they studied. See attached .pdf for assignment details.

AP students should also be "thoroughly familiar" with The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Awakening, The Great Gatsby, Death of a Salesman, As I Lay Dying and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Students should be able to remember the plots, main characters, literary elements and meanings of the works as a whole.

Seniors are also encouraged to study grammar and brush up on their writing style. There will be a test during the first week of school.


  • To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild
  • Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus
  • The Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
  • Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
  • California Transit Stories by Diane Lefer


  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (required)

Be familiar with

  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston


  • The Elements of Style by E.B. White and W. Strunk (recommended)
  • The Little Brown Handbook (recommended)
  • English Grammar and Composition by J. Warriner (recommended)
  • Guide to Grammar and Style by Jack Lynch (recommended)

At least five poems from three of the following poets

  • William Shakespeare
  • John Donne
  • William Blake
  • William Wordsworth
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • John Keats
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Walt Whitman
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • William Butler Yeats
  • Robert Frost
  • Marianne Moore
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Langston Hughes
  • W.H. Auden
  • Elizabeth Bishop
  • Dylan Thomas
  • Philip Larkin
  • Adrienne Rich
  • Derek Walcott
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Seamus Heaney

For more summer reading suggestions, visit our 2012 Summer Reading Guide.


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