Grade: 12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP English 11 or English 11 with grade of B or better, student interest in advanced study, and teacher recommendation.

Description:  Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition is a senior-level course designed for the student who needs and desires the challenge of an advanced English class. Students are expected to master all English 12 performance indicators of the curriculum guide and complete a study of world literature. Critical, analytical, and creative writing will be required. Specific problems that occur in students’ work will generate the study of grammar and advanced composition skills. In May, the students take an exam to qualify for advanced standing in college and/ or college credit.

Summer Learning Opportunities

OPHS Flipgrid Book Review Contest 

Calling all readers! Please join the OPHS English Department and Library in participating in the summer reading showdown. Follow the steps below for a chance to win a $25 gift card prize!!

  1. First, view the Osbourn Park optional reading list (see below)
  2.  Select the titles you may want to read! Try to read as many titles as you can.
  3. Pick one book (your favorite, least favorite, etc.) for your Flipgrid review.
  4. Using your Office 365 school email, create a Flipgrid account. Flipgrid is an application in your Office 365 waffle. You must use your school email, or you will not be able to access the grid. You can even download the Flipgrid app (for free) to take a selfie video!
  5. Join our summer reading grid with the code summershowdown or by using this link:
  6.  You should see the topic “Summer Reading Book Reviews” when you access the grid.
  7.  Upload your video review! Your review should be 3 to 4 minutes long and include the following:
    • A brief summary of the book- be sure to included title, author, genre, and major plot points (spoilers are permitted)
    • Your personal reaction- did you like the book? Why or why not? Why did you choose it? Did it live up to your expectations? Was it meaningful for you?
    • Be creative! Consider incorporating costumes, props, or even your family pet into your review.Post your videos by Friday, September 4th on the grid listed above. Two winners will be announced by Friday, September 11th.

 Osbourn Park Optional Summer Reading List 2020

The list of books below was developed collaboratively between English teachers and librarians at Osbourn Park. Each title is hyperlinked to a summary of the text on Goodreads.com. Please keep in mind that these are suggestions, and students are certainly allowed to explore titles outside of the recommendations for their grade level. Please be aware that the texts that students select for independent reading are not necessarily included on the Prince William County Instructional Reading List. Parents and guardians are encouraged to review all texts and ensure they are comfortable with the content of the books their students are choosing to read. If for any reason you are not comfortable with your child reading a certain text, please contact Anne Marie Moore so that we can work together to find an appropriate alternative.

9th Grade

Book Title

Author

Lexile Level

Genre

Divergent

Veronica Roth

700

Sci-Fi

Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

810

Sci-Fi

A Very Large Expanse of the Sea (VRC)

Tahereh MafI

9th-12th

Historical/Multicultural

After the Shot Drops (VRC)

Randy Ribay

730

Basketball/Social Justice

American Born Chinese

Gene Luen Yang

530

Graphic Novel

The Giver

Lois Lowry

760

Dystopian/ Science Fiction

10th Grade

Book Title

Author

Lexile Level

Genre

American Street

Ibi Zoboi

690

Social Justice/Multicultural

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

590

Social Justice

Beneath a Scarlet Sky (VRC)

Mark Sullivan

9th-12th

Historical

Enrique’s Journey (Youth Adapted Version)

Sonia Nazario

9th-12th

Multicultural/ Biography

Dry (VRC)

Neal Shusterman

790

Sci-fi

The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros

860

Multicultural/Realistic Fiction

11th Grade

Book Title

Author

Lexile Level

Genre

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls

1010

Memoir

Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer

1270

Biography/Investigative Journalism

Kindred

Octavia Butler

580

Sci Fi/Historical/Social Justice

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Moshin Hamid

9th-12th

Political Thriller

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

810

Classic/Adventure

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot

1140

Biography

Everless (VRC)

Sara Holland

850

SciFi/Fantasy

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway

840

War Story

Hidden Figures

Margot Lee Shetterly

1120

Nonfiction / Science

Just Mercy

Bryan Stevenson

1130

Nonfiction / Social Justice

12th Grade

Book Title

Author

Lexile Level

Genre

The Poisonwood Bible

Barbara Kingsolver

960

Historical Fiction

Black Boy

Richard Wright

950

Autobiography

Blindness

Jose Saramago

9th-12th

Apocalyptic

There, There

Tommy Orange

810

Contemporary/ Realistic Fiction

Educated

Tara Westover

1010

Memoir

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

Wes Moore

990

Memoir

The Namesake

Jhumpa Lahiri

1210

Realistic Fiction/Multicultural

The Distance Between Us

Reyna Grande

9th 12th (Young adult version available)

Memoir/Multicultural

Biotech English

Book Title

Author

Lexile Level

Genre

The Chemist

Stephenie Meyer

760

Thriller

Dark Matter

Blake Crouch

9th-12th

Sci Fi

The Hot Zone

Richard Preston

1030

Nonfiction

Heroine (VRC)

Mindy McGinnis

900

Contemporary/Opioids

Pitch Dark (VRC)

Courtney Alameda

770

Sci Fi

Double Helix

Nancy Werlin

690

Sci Fi

Want

Cindy Pon

830

Sci Fi/ Thriller

Pre-Gov English 9 & 10

Book Title

Author

Grade Level

Genre

The Giver

Lois Lowry

9

Dystopian/ Science Fiction

On Such a Full Sea

Chang-rae Lee

9

Want

Cindy Pon

10

Sci Fi/ Thriller

Ender’s Game

Orson Scott Card

10

Sci Fi

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

10

Social Justice

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

10

Modern Classic/Southern Gothic

VRC=Virginia Readers’ Choice for 20-21 school year.

In cases where the specific Lexile Level was not available, the suggested grade levels were included instead.