Balboa High school

Summer Reading

Balboa High School Summer Reading Assignment

What do you mean “summer reading?”    
Each year, Balboa’s students are required to read two works of literature over the summer for their English class the following year. We want you to engage with some text over the summer to keep your reading muscles from atrophying.        
    
What if I don't do the reading?    

In the fall, you will be required by your ELA teacher to complete an assessment about your summer reading. Your teachers will expect that you have finished the reading by the first day of school. If you haven’t done the reading, it will affect your grade significantly.    
    

How do I know what to read?    
You are to choose ONE book from  the grade-level lists below. Then, choose ONE book on your own. This book must  be appropriate for school, interesting to you, and at your reading skill level.  You may choose your second book from the grade-level list if you wish.        

9th grade Summer Reading Assignment

10th grade Summer Reading Assignment

11th grade Summer Reading Assignment

12th grade Summer Reading Assignment

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Sign up for SFPL's Summer Stride Reading program to win prizes.

SFPL and SFUSD have made a great high school reading list. 

See the selections by CLICKING HERE.

SYNC offers you great FREE audiobooks during the summer that are yours to keep. Just register, and you have the option to download 2 paired books a week. Click HERE for details!
 

VIVIAN APPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Kate Coyle

THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury

100 SIDEWAYS MILES by Andrew Smith

EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone

WORDS IN THE DUST by Trent Reedy

ZAC AND MIA by A. J. Betts

HOW IT WENT DOWN by Kekla Magoon

BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan

THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition by Michael Pollan

THE YOUNG WORLD by Chris Weitz 
FAT ANGIE by e.E. Charlton–Trujillo
MANDELA: An Audio History by Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Joe Richman

JUBA! by Walter Dean Myers

THE BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS by Cristina Henríquez
BONE GAP by Laura Ruby

THE GREAT TENNESSEE MONKEY TRIAL by Peter Goodchild

DIVINE COLLISION: An African Boy, an American Lawyer, and Their Remarkable Battle for Freedom by Jim Gash

THIS BOY'S LIFE by Tobias Wolff

EGG & SPOON by Gregory Maguire

THE BOY BORN DEAD: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Triumph by David Ring, David Wideman, and John Driver

I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EX-COLORED MAN by James Weldon Johnson

DONNY'S BRAIN by Rona Munro

GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith
SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. Anderson

ON THE JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta and Rebecca Macauley

THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe
PENNIES FOR HITLER by Jackie French

MOST DANGEROUS: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

CLASSIC AMERICAN SHORT STORIES by Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain and O. Henry

 
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