Summer Reading and Assignments

Summer Reading and Assignments

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Summer 2023

Students at Saint Agnes School can find their Summer work packets in the Resource Documents section of FACTS/RenWeb. 

 

Arlington Catholic believes that the truth and beauty found in language can inspire students to become life-long learners.  We believe that reading deepens students’ understanding of ideas, provides an opportunity for reflection and self-discovery, and broadens perspectives.  With that in mind, we have long supported a summer reading program that encourages students to read for pleasure as well as enlightenment.   Summer reading is an integral part of the School curriculum- across disciplines- providing an opportunity to foster imagination, and enhance critical reading skills.

Please read the books listed and bring them to school with you on the first day of classes.  For some courses, you are asked to complete an accompanying exercise, thinking guide or dialectical journal.  Bring those assignments to school with you on the first day of classes as well.  

Happy Summer Reading!  

 

Incoming Freshmen

English 1:            Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green
Honors English 1:  Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green
  
Theology 1 -  Click here for assignment.   Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom, 
                                      

World HistorySugar Changed The World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos.  Click here

Honors World History:  Sugar Changed The World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos.  Click here


 

Incoming Sophomores

English 2:   Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo  
Honors English 2:   Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo.   Click here for assignment. 

Modern World History:    Click here for assignment                                        

AP World History:   Guns, Germs and Steel, The Fates of Human Societies, Jared Diamond.   Click here for assignment

AP Seminar:   Summer Assignment, click here 

AP Music Theory:  Summer Assignment, click here

 

 


 

Incoming Juniors

AP Biology:  click here

AP Chemistry:  click here

English 3:  Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline 
Honors English 3: Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline.  
                                           

AP Language & Composition: The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin and Between the World and Me, Ta-Neshi Coates


Write an essay of 1-1/2 to 2 pages (double-spaced) that answers the following questions. When you reference a text, please provide the page or chapter number(s).

● Baldwin and Coates are from different generations. Please discuss one example of how their experiences as young Black men are similar and/or different. Be as specific as possible.

● Baldwin’s book was published in 1963; Coates’s book came out in 2015. In what ways do you think the issues of race and racism in the United States have changed between 1963 and 2015?

 

United States  History:  Click here for assignment.  Virtual Assignment Option:  Click here  
Honors US HistoryAmerican Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic, Joseph J. Ellis.  Click here for assignment 

AP United States History:  Killer Angels, Michael Shaara.  Click here for assignment 

AP Seminar:   Summer Assignment, click here

AP Music Theory:  Summer Assignment, click here


 

Incoming Seniors

 

AP Biology:  click here

AP Chemistry:  click here

English 4:  Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. Students are required to read "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah 
Honors English 4:    Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. Students are required to read "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah 
 
                                  

AP Language & Composition:  

The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin and Between the World and Me, Ta-Neshi Coates
Write an essay of 1-1/2 to 2 pages (double-spaced) that answers the following questions. When you reference a text, please provide the page or chapter number(s).

● Baldwin and Coates are from different generations. Please discuss one example of how their experiences as young Black men are similar and/or different. Be as specific as possible.

● Baldwin’s book was published in 1963; Coates’s book came out in 2015. In what ways do you think the issues of race and racism in the United States have changed between 1963 and 2015?

 

 

AP English: Literature and Composition

Click here for details about your two-part summer assignment. 

 

Part 1: Fiction - You will be reading two total books (detailed below) over the summer. For each book, you will fill out an “Essential Literary Synopsis” worksheet. Your responses on the worksheet should fit within the space given. Do not add space. 

 

Part 2: Poetry - You will be reading poetry by a living poet of your choice and responding to a prompt. 

 

AP Psychology:  Click here for assignment 

 

Theology 4 and all Senior Theology Classes:  Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl.  Click here for assignment.  Note: For "Man's Search for Meaning" by Victor Frankl.  Students are required to read the first half of the book on Frankl's experience in a concentration camp. The second half of the book on "logotherapy" is not required but highly recommended.

AP Spanish:  See Google Classroom 

AP French:  See Google Classroom - Join code - 5olb3ru

AP Latin:  See Google Classroom 

AP Seminar:   Summer Assignment, click here

AP Music Theory:  Summer Assignment, click here

AP US Government and Politics:  Summer Assignment here