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What literature is typically expected during freshman year?

Hey, looking to get a jump on summer reading before freshman year starts, and I was wondering if there are any common books that a lot of you had to read in your freshman year? Trying to get ahead a little in English lit. Appreciate any suggestions!

8 months ago

Hey there! It's fantastic to see you taking initiative with your summer reading. While literature curricula can vary from school to school, there are some classics that are often found on freshman reading lists across the country. For example, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee is a common staple due to its exploration of serious themes within an accessible narrative. Similarly, 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare is a frequent pick, introducing students to classic literature and the challenges of older language.

Another often-selected novel is 'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger, which delves into adolescent themes that might resonate with you as a high school student. Finally, 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding is another favorite, providing food for thought on society, governance, and human nature. These books not only prepare you for the type of content to expect, but also help you to develop analytical skills that will be crucial throughout your academic journey. Enjoy your reading and the head start you'll have in your English lit class!

8 months ago

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