La Salle Academy
Summer reading lists and assignments

Incoming Freshmen (Class of 2024):
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Rising Sophomores (Class of 2023):
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rising Juniors (Class of 2022):
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells

Rising Seniors (Class of 2021):
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Directions for reading assignment submission:
Incoming freshmen will receive this information in a separate email by July 22, 2020.

All other students must respond to questions which are posted on Google Classroom and The code to join is listed in Google Classroom. All answers are due on the first day of class in September.

Initial Response:

  • What is your first reaction to the book?


  • Who is/are the main character/s?
  • What is the main character’s goal?
  • What motivates the main character?
  • List four traits of the main character with supporting evidence of his/her actions, words /thoughts.
  • Identify a character or characters with whom you share similar traits.
  • Why do you have those traits?
  • Identify a character/or characters whose traits you admire and would like to have.
  • Under what conditions and in what circumstances do you/will you apply those traits?

Problem / Conflict:

  • What type of conflict exists?
  • What/Who are the opposing forces?
  • Explain why the conflict has developed.
  • How has the character responded to the conflict?
  • How is the conflict resolved?

Important Events:

  • Choose an event from your reading that you think is important.
  • Describe the event and discuss why you selected it as important


  • Where and when is the story taking place?
  • What details of the setting does the author highlight?
  • Does the setting affect the character’s view of himself/herself?
  • What do you learn about the character as a result of the setting?

Good Literature: “Good literature can be considered as a book that contains unique characters, intriguing plots, universal themes, excellent language and a good life lesson or moral.”

  • Read the above definition carefully and consider whether the book you have just read can be considered “good literature.”
  • Explain how your book does or does not fit the definition.