Do any of your English departments assign summer reading, and if so, what are the kinds of pieces that are required? My daughter will be entering high school this fall, and she's been assigned to read A Tale of Two Cities. I think this is ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, the piece itself is a good piece and worthy of being studied, but I don't think it should be read independently by 14 year old kids over the summer. I just don't see how they are really going to get anything out of it. Worse, I think they'll get so frustrated that they'll never pick it up again as adults when they really might be able to get it. Anyway, I'm just curious what your English departments assign for the summer (if anything).