Summer Reading

  • Flyer Summer is a great time to explore the world through books. Some people enjoy reading while soaking up the sun, while others find time to take an imaginary journey to mystical destinations with intriguing characters. What better way to engage your mind than through reading? 

    With this in mind, I am proud to present the Mount Vernon City School District 2019 High School Summer Reading Assignment. While the main purpose of summer reading is to foster a love for reading and explore new worlds, our secondary purpose is to prevent the "summer slide." Students will be asked to return to school in September with a completed Summer Reading Assignment (details below), which will count as a test grade in your child's first quarter English class.

    Students can access their summer eBooks and audiobooks online! Young Adult titles will be prominently displayed in OverDrive/Sora site for quick and easy unlimited access from June 6- August 15, 2019. You can explore the title offerings and learn more about the program here: Of course, students may also read any other title that is available at OverDrive as well.

    Just start at the MVCSD Home Page (, go to the student or staff "Instructional Program Links" dropdown, and click on the MVP (Mount Vernon Portal) to access the OverDrive icon. From your home computer, you simply need to  enter your full e-mail address('reinOverDrive,youmaywanttodownload the SORA app to access books on your mobiledevice. 

    It is our District's unyielding commitment to nurture our students' innate desire of  exploration so they may become life-long learners and thrive as productive citizens of the 21 st century. 1encourage you to explore the fascinating books and activities together.

    Best wishes for a peaceful and restful summer.


    Dr. Claytisha Walden
    Associate superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

    Summer Reading Resources

    Summer Online Reading

    Overdrive K-12 Digital Library (Espanol)

    Overdrive K-12 Digital Library

Summer Reading Assignment

  • This assignment will count as a test grade in your first quarter English class.

    Simply use this list of topics to guide your summer reading assignment. A typewritten report is preferred, but if you use a pen, make sure that you use your best penmanship, use margins and use paragraphs to organize your ideas.

    Title of Book, author, genre

    Setting: What are the time & place of the story? How does the setting affect the conflicts and/or plot in the book?

    Main Characters: Give a brief non-physical description of protagonist, antagonist and supporting characters. Did they change in any way from the beginning of the book to the end?

    Literary Techniques: Analyze how the author's use of one writing strategy develops the book's central idea. Examples include characterization, conflict, denotation/connotation, metaphor, simile, irony, language use, point-of-view, setting, structure, symbolism, theme, tone,

    Plot Summary: Write a summary (not a series of details) of conflict{s), rising action, climax and resolution that will give us an idea of what happened in the

    Personal Connection: Why did you choose this book? What impact did it have on you? How did you relate to the characters' traits, beliefs, values, actions?

    Conclusion: How was the conflict resolved? Is it what you predicted?

    Recommendation: Would you recommend this book? Why or why not?

    Is there anything else you'd like to say?