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SUMMER READING

At GALA, each student is

expected to complete a

summer reading project

in preparation for

the upcoming school year.

Scroll below to

your grade level

for full details.

THIS SUMMER READING LIST IS CURRENT AS OF June 6, 2024. THIS READING AND ASSIGNMENT IS MANDATORY FOR ALL GRADES.

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6TH GRADE SUMMER READING

To prepare for the 6th grade English class, please read one of the following over the summer. 

Assignment: Double Entry Journal
Due Date: First week of English/History Classes

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Esperanza Rising
by Pam Munoz Ryan

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I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor

6 summer
7 Summer

7th Grade Summer Reading

Revised 5-19-2024
Rising 7th graders, choose ONE book in the Rick Riordan’s mythology series based on the culture (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Norse) that interests you most. Then read the FIRST novel in the series (bolded). Other novels are listed in the rest of the series if you are interested in reading past the required book.
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Assignment: Double Entry Journal
Due Date: First week of English/History Classes
Questions: iris.agrafiotis@lausd.net

8 Summer
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Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The Lightning Thief (Greek)
by Rick Riordan

 

  1. The Lightning Thief (2005)

  2. The Sea of Monsters (2006)

  3. The Titan’s Curse (2007)

  4. The Battle of the Labyrinth (2008)

  5. The Last Olympian (2008)

  6. Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo (2017)

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The Heroes of Olympus - The Lost Hero (Greek & Roman)
by Rick Riordan

 

  1. The Lost Hero (2010)

  2. The Son of Neptune (2011)

  3. The Mark of Athena (2012)

  4. The House of Hades (2013)

  5. The Blood of Olympus (2014)

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The Kane Chronicles - The Red Pyramid (Egyptian)
by Rick Riordan

 

  1. The Red Pyramid (2010)

  2. The Throne of Fire (2011)

  3. The Serpent’s Shadow (2012)

  4. Brooklyn House Magician’s Manual (2018)

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Magnus Chase - The Sword of Summer (Norse)
by Rick Riordan

 

  1. The Sword of Summer (2015)

  2. The Hammer of Thor (2016)

  3. The Ship of the Dead (2017)

  4. Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds (2016)

  5. 9 From the Nine Worlds (2018)

8th Grade Summer Reading

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In eighth grade, students will discuss the novel by J.R.R Tolkien - The Hobbit. To prepare for this work, please read the novel over the summer. 

Assignment: Double Entry Journal
Due Date: First week of English/History Classes
Questions: gretel.payne.@lausd.net

9th Grade Summer Reading

9 Summer

Throughout the ninth grade, you will be exploring what it means to come of age. For your summer reading, choose ONE of the following books to read and construct a double-entry journal. Please click on instruction PDF below. 
Assignment: Double Entry Journal
Due Date: First week of English/History Classes

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Amos Fortune, Free Man
by Elizabeth Yates

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Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell

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Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds

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Speak
by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Brave New World
by Aldous Husley

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Godless
by Pete Hautman

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Lord of the Flies
by Lois Lowry

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The Hate You Give
by Angie Thomas

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Catch-22
by Joseph Heller

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It's Kind of a Funny Story
by Ned Vizinni

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Marcelo in the Real World
by Francisco Stork

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To All The Boys I've Loved Before
by Jenny Han

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Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds

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Lemonade Mouth
by Mark Peter Hughes

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Nothing
by Janne Teller

9TH GRADE AP BIOLOGY

AP BIO

NOTE: Ms. Clark will be revising this by the last day of school in June 2024. 

If you have registered for AP Biology, the information in this summer assignment is intended to remind you of information that you have learned in middle school science as well as what  you would have learned if you had taken high school Biology.  As a reminder, AP Biology is designed for students that have already taken high school Biology, so this summer assignment should help support you in your AP Bio journey.

10th Grade Summer Reading

10 Summer

Throughout the tenth grade, you will be exploring the topic of culture. For your summer reading, choose ONE of the following books to read and construct a double-entry journal. Instructions in the PDF below. 
Assignment: Double Entry Journal
Due Date: First week of English/History Classes

View/Print FULL Assignment Details in a PDF format

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Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Does My Head Look Big In This?
by Randa Abdel Fattah

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Like Water For Chocolate
by Pete Hautman

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

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Big Mouth & Ugly Girl
by Joyce Carol Oates

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Failure is Impossible
by Susan B. Anthony

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Meridian
by Alice Walker

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The Fold
by Ana Na

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Black Boy
by Richard Wright

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Hidden in Plain View
by Tobin & Dobard

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The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd

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The Good, The Bad, and the BARBIE: Doll's History
by Ward & Burns

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Brief Wondrous Life Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz

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How Garcia Girls Lost Accents
by Julia Alvarez

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Tasting the Sky
by Ibtisam Barakat

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When I was a Puerto Rican
by Esmeralda Santiago

11 Summer

11th Grade Summer Reading

11th Grade American Literature (not AP Lang):
To prepare for this class, please read one of the following books over the summer.
Assignment: Double Entry Journal
Due Date: First week of English Classes

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A Beautiful Mind
by Sylvia Nasar

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Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck

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The Perfect Storm
by Sebastian Junger

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith

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The Autobiography of Malcom X
by Malcom X and Alex Haley

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Unorthodox
by Deborah Feldman

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Farewell to Manzanar
by Waksatsuki Houston & Houston

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The Color of Water
by James McBride

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Freakonomics
by Levitt & Dubner

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The Feminine Mystique
by Betty Friedan

11TH GRADE AP LANG

AP Lang

If you are taking AP Lang, please read the book below during the summer and complete the assignment.
Assignment: Click on the instructions. (Only for Ms. Harfouche's 11th grade AP Lang Class in 2024-2025, the book is mandatory but the assignment is optional.)
Due Date: First week of English Classes

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The Anthropocene Reviewed
by John Green

11th grade ap seminar

AP SEMINAR

If you are taking AP Seminar, please see below.
Assignment: See instructions
Due Date: First week of AP Seminar

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Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

12 Summer

12th Grade Summer Reading

Assignment: Click below for a detailed description of instructions along with links and PDFs of some of the books below.

Due Date: First week of English Classes

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Dare to Lead
by Brene Brown

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Ethics 101 
by Brian Boone

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

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Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before by Julie Smith

12th grade ap literature

AP LIterature

Assignment: Click below for detailed assignment instructions. 

Due Date: First week of English Classes

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Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison

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Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte

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The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini

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Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte

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