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As You Read ….

As you read, note the following:

Write QUOTES as evidence to support your ideas.


  • What happens in the story?
  • How do events, big and small, affect the characters?


  • How would you describe the characters?  (Consider what the characters say about themselves or others, how the characters behave and what the narrator says about them.)


  • What problems do the characters face in the story? 
  • How do they respond to them?
  • Type of conflict(s):  

                  - Man vs. Man             - Man vs. Nature
                  - Man vs. Self              - Man vs. Technology
                  - Man vs. Supernatural - Man vs. Society


  • What main idea do you think the author is trying to convey? 
  • How does the author use the plot, characters, conflict, setting, or other elements to present that idea?


  • What have you learned from this book?
  • What connections can you make with other books, the world, or yourself?
  • How might what you learned from this book influence your life?


  • Name, date of birth, birth place, other written works, influences on writings

District High Schools

Academy of Arts & Sciences - (2016) no list

Balboa HS  (2016)
Choose one:

  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien
  • Pirate Cinema by Corey Doctorow
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains (yg reader) by Tracy Kidder

Burton HS  - no list

Galileo HS  (2016)

  • A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer   
    Available as an ebook from SFPL on OverDrive, Axis 360, and NetLibrary

Ida B. Wells

International Studies Academy - no book

June Jordan School for Equity - (2016) no book

Lincoln HS   (2016)   (note taking template is attached below)
Choose one:

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery

Lowell HS      (2016)  (see attached document below)
Choose one:

  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • I Will Fight No More Forever by Chief Joseph (PD)
  • Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (PD)
  • Sister of My Heart by Chitra Benerjee Divakaruni
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Shanghai Express by Zhang Henshui
  • Kwaidan: Japanese Ghost Stories by Lafcadio Hearn
  • Fatu Hiva by Thor Heyerdahl
  • The Big Sea (Autobiography) by Langston Hughes
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London (PD)
  • Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
  • Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • The Crippled Tree by Han Suyin

Mission HS - (2016) (see attachments below)

Choose one:

  • Call of the Wild, by Jack London
  • The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X as Told to Alex Haley, by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  • When I Was Puerto Rican, by Esmeralda Santiago
  • We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March, by Cynthia Levinson
  • When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
  • Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-break Moment, by Carla Klough McClafferty

O'Connell HS (2016) (see atttached document below; note - although it says 10th grade, the titles are the same for 9th grade)

Ruth Asawa - School of the Arts    (2016)

  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Wallenberg HS - (2016) (Assignment attached below)

  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck     
    one of the following:

  • Sister of My Heart by Chitra Benerjee Divakaruni
  • When I Was Puerto Rican, by Esmeralda Santiago
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • Bone by Fae Myenne Ng

Washington HS - (2016)



Charter High Schools

City Arts & Tech HS  - (2015) - will be mailing out a suggested summer reading list.

Gateway HS - (2016) (see attached page for reading requirement)
Read two books, one must be from this list:

  • The Afterlife by Gary Soto
  • Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
  • Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja
  • Caucasia by Danzy Senna
  • China Boy by Gus Lee
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
  • The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
  • Keesha's House by Helen Frost
  • Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
  • Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
  • Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan

Kipp SF College Prep - (2016) Lord of the Flies  by William Golding

Leadership HS

SF International HS


Private High Schools

Immaculate Conception Academy (ICA)
(summer 2016)

  • Children of the River by Linda Crew

Lick - Wilmerding   (2015)

  •   Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Mercy HS - (summer 2016)

  • Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattilo Beals
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.  

Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory (2016)

   Focus: What makes life worth living?
Choose one:

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

St. Ignatious College Preparatory - (2016)

  • The Curious Incident with the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon 
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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