This is the assignment I give to incoming 11th grade AP English students to prepare them for the course. This includes a welcome letter of introduction, explaining to the students what is expected of them, as well as the summer homework.
This assignment asks students to read The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, as well as some other shorter assignments.
It can be easily edited and adapted to fit your needs and your students. It was designed for students who have not taken an honors or AP course previously.