10th Grade

Summer Reading for 18-19 School Year-

World Literature (On-level & Honors)

The first unit in 10th grade Literature and Composition is Cultural Conversations.

From Student Text—“The twenty-first-century classroom and workplace are settings in which people from different cultures mix and work together. Unit 1 guides students’ explorations of culture and its components—nationality, family, religion, ethnicity, gender, race, and subgroups—examining how these components shape their perceptions of themselves and the world around them. As students seek to understand their own culture and the cultures of others, they are able to evaluate different perspectives and adjust their own thinking when given new or contradictory information from others. Students will also explore the concept of cultural identity and diverse cultural perspectives by examining a variety of texts that range from personal reflections to short stories and art. By studying a wide range of texts representing a variety of cultural perspectives, students make connections to their own lives to better understand the interrelationships among multiple cultures.” Springboard, Grade 10

Take some time this summer to read a book that has something to do with culture or identity and address one of the unit’s focus questions.

Book Requirements:

Suggestions are located on the chart listed below, however, if you should choose your own text, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Must be a book that has to do with culture or identity
  • Must be at least 100 pages
  • May NOT be any book you read in Ninth Grade
  • No picture books, magazines, pamphlets, or graphic novels


Choose ONE of the focus questions below and answer it in a multi-paragraph essay. Start with a claim in your introduction, and be sure to refer to the author and title of the book. Body paragraphs will provide a thorough explanation, including three or more quotations to support your argument. Cite the quotations and any paraphrases.

Focus questions (choose ONE): 

  1. To what extent does culture shape your main character’s identity?


  1. To what extent does cultural background shape your main character’s place in his or her society?

**The multi-paragraph essay is due at the beginning of class on the first day of school.

Author Title Lexile
Bernier-Grand, Carmen T. Frida: Viva la Vida! Long Live Life! 750L
Garcia, Cristina The Aguero Sisters 1000L
Jin, Ha Ocean of Words Army Stories 790L
McCunn, Ruthanne Lum Thousand Pieces of Gold 940L
Porter, Connie Imani All Mine 580L
Walker, Alice Meridian 1010L
Whitaker, Alecia Wildflower 830L
Wright, Richard Black Boy 950L
Smith, Zadie White Teeth 960L
Nonfiction/Informational Text
Author Title Lexile
Beal, Merrill D. “I Will Fight No More Forever”: Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War 1130L
Carrick Hill, Laban America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the 60’s 1190L
Cunxin, Li Mao’s Last Dancer 810L
Le Guin, Ursula K. Always Coming Home N/A
Nabhan, Gary Paul Why Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes, and Cultural Diversity N/A
Nerburn, Kent Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy N/A
Santiago, Esmeralda When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir 1029L
Sherr, Lynn Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words N/A
Stone, Tanya Lee The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll’s History and Her Impact on Us 1120L
Tobin, Jacqueline L. and Raymond G. Dobard Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad N/A
Ward, Geoffrey C. and Ken Burns Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony N/A