• Common Reading


    Click here to download the 2019-2020 Common Reading list for all grade levels

    ALL Standard, Honors, Seminar, and AP English students are required to participate in the common reading program at Mount Tabor High School.  Depending on the year and level, students may have from one to three books to read and must also take a test on the reading(s). Due dates and book titles are all given on the pages to the left for each grade level. Please pay close attention to due dates and texts.

    If juniors and seniors are taking standard or honors English at the Career Center, they do not have a required summer reading book.

    Any student taking Advanced Placement English classes, whether at the Career Center or Mount Tabor, also has summer reading requirements, which are due on the first day of school in August, AND require a written assignment, too. See the requirements on the junior and senior pages to the left, especially as the Career Center and Mount Tabor may have different reading passages and assignments.

    If you have questions or need help, please contact the English Department Chair, Laurie Schaefer at lschaefer@wsfcs.k12.nc.us.

    Common Read Books
    Copies of all novels are located for check out in the Main Office
    Ninth Grade: Standard/Honors: Swallowing Stones (Joyce McDonald)
    Seminar: Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
    Tenth Grade: Standard: A Long Walk to Water (Linda Sue Park)
    Honors: A Long Way Gone (Ishmael Beah)
    Seminar: The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
    Eleventh Grade:

    Standard: A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest J. Gaines)
    Honors: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
    AP at Mt. Tabor: Thank You for Arguing (Jay Heinrichs) AND On Writing (Stephen King)

    AP at Career Center: Educated (Tara Westover) AND articles 

    Twelfth Grade: Standard: 1984 (George Orwell)
    Honors: 1984 (George Orwell)
    AP: How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Thomas C. Foster) AND
    Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) (Career Center has the same titles, but a different assignment)