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Oak Hall Summer Reading 2019-2020

Our Mission

The Oak Hall Upper School Summer Reading program aims to promote the concept of reading widely and well as a lifelong pursuit and to combat “summer slide” with respect to reading skills. 


Middle School Summer Reading

Assignments for each Middle School grade level appear below. 





Upper School Summer Reading

This year the students' Upper School advisors will set the expectations for Summer Reading with their advisees, and Summer Reading discussions will take place over a two-week period in Advisory shortly after the school year begins. We are all passionate about the Oak Hall learning and reading community, so we feel that reflecting on the importance of academic and personal reading is time well spent in Advisory.

The Advisors have tailored their Summer Reading assignments based on feedback from their Advisees and have considered their Advisees different ages and backgrounds when setting their expectations for Summer Reading. There will not be a grade associated with this Summer Reading, but participation and reading at least one book is required. Advisors will contact their advisees over the summer with questions or discussion topics to guide their reading and pave the way for meaningful discussions.

If you have any questions about Summer Reading, please contact David Jackson or John Perlette or your Advisor.


Advanced Placement Summer Reading

Additional Summer Reading for students in Advanced Placement English classes is as follows.  AP Language students will read Dracula by Bram Stoker. AP Literature students will read For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway.  Additional instructions appear below.

AP English Language and Composition (Rising Grade 10): 

 Students will read Bram Stoker’s Dracula before AP Language begins in August. It would be a good idea for students to annotate their texts and take summary notes on the novel since they will have summer reading assignments when school starts.  Students are encouraged to email the teacher, Mr. Holtzman, at, if they would like curricular material that will provide thematic perspective/ focus to their reading

AP English Literature and Composition (Rising Grade 11):

Students will read Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls before AP English Literature begins in August. It would be a good idea for students to annotate their texts and take summary notes on the novel since they will have summer reading assignments when school starts. Mr. Campbell also recommends reading up on the historical context of the Spanish Civil War online; here is a useful resource: Please email him at with any questions.


Oak Hall Library Catalog

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Oak Hall School students, faculty, and staff have access to JSTOR, which provides more than 10 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines to help meet our community's information needs.

Oak Hall OverDrive Ebooks and Audiobooks

Access our OverDrive collection here. If you need help, contact Evelyn Smith via email at or come by the library to get started!  We have device-specific start up guides available as well as your library card numbers and passwords!  

Oak Hall Upper School Style Guide 2017-2018

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