Summer Reading - Riverside High School
Riverside High School is currently on a hybrid schedule and is closed to visitors without an appointment. Masks must be worn on campus at all times.

At Riverside, we see summer as an opportunity to extend learning and prepare for the next level of education. As a classical, liberal arts high school that prepares students for acceptance into college, Riverside High School recognizes reading as the most effective means of improving reading comprehension across the curriculum.

How Do I Obtain Books?

Students must obtain their summer reading books from a library, a bookstore, or an online bookseller such as Frequently, teachers ask students to bring their copies to school during the first few weeks for discussion and activities. Riverside does not provide books for summer reading.

Originality and Plagiarism

Any written assignment prepared as part of the Summer Reading Program must be an original work by the student. Relying on information from any outside or online sources such as www.sparknotes.comwithout crediting those sources may result in failing the assignment and possible disciplinary consequences.


Please to contact any member of the English department if you have questions or concerns.

Course-Specific Reading Lists

Only Pre-AP English 10, AP Language & Composition, and AP Literature & Composition will be expected to complete summer reading assignments for the 2020-2021 School Year.

Click on the Buttons below to download individual reading assignments and watch the teacher’s instructional videos.

2020 Pre-AP English 10 Summer Reading:

  • Required Reading: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Download Assignment
  • Watch Mr. Denny’s Discussion Video:


  • Required Reading: The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
  • Download Assignment
  • Watch Mrs. Nicolini’s Discussion Video:

AP Literature & Composition Summer Reading 2020:

  • Required Reading: How to Read Literature Like A Professor by Thomas Foster
    • In addition to the core text, please read these three pieces of short fiction:
      1. The Kind of Light that Shines on Texas by Reginald McKnight
      2. Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates
      3. Cathedral by Raymond Carver
  • Download Assignment
  • Watch Mrs. Scroggins’ Discussion Video: