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Compare High School Summer Reading Requirements in Wheaton

Which high school do you think has the most rigorous reading requirements?

High schools in the Wheaton area handle summer reading requirements very differently.

asks its incoming freshmen to choose one of six books. Options include a Dan Brown novel, Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game," and a comic book about the Holocaust.

Students in grades 10-12 signed up for summer reading before classes ended in the spring, with different teachers sponsoring each book. Everyone can see what everyone else is reading on the list posted online by student last name.

tells its students to "read what you love" and gives them a list of recommendations.

asks its incoming freshmen to read two books: one from the school's list, and one of their own choice. Reading requirements for grades 10-12 are left more open-ended: sophomores and seniors must choose a biography or autobiography, and juniors must choose an "age/grade level appropriate" book of nonfiction or fiction.

ED August 24, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I'm surprised that Albert Einstein High School is always excluded from the "Wheaton area" high schools. Although the mailing address is Kensington, this school is closer to downtown Wheaton than any other high school in the area and includes many students from the "Wheaton area". As far as which school has the most rigorous reading requirement, I think any requirement that gets kids to read over the summer is great and what may be rigorous for one student may not be rigorous for another.
Sasha August 24, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I'm afraid you are completely in error when you refer to Maus as a "comic book." First it is referred to as a graphic novel and second it has received awards in the "book" category, including a National Book Circle Critics award nomination in the biography category.
Esther French (Editor) August 24, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Thanks for your comment, Sasha. I haven't read Maus, but the summer reading sheet provided by Wheaton High School referred to it as an "unusual comic book." I see your point about distinguishing between comic books and graphic novels though.
Ed Gwas September 20, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Ender's Game is one of those rare books that you cannot put down. If anything, the students will fall in love with reading.

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