Summer Reading and Assignments

Summer Reading and Assignments

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The members of the English Department believe 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.  

All students are highly encouraged to read at least one of the titles on the 43 must-read books about racism for adults and kids before we return to school in the fall.

We look forward to exploring these texts with you in the fall.

Happy Summer Reading!  

 

Incoming Freshmen

English 1:            Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom, 
Honors English 1:  Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom, 
Theology 1 -  Click here for assignment.   Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom, 
(Combined assignment with Theology Dept)                                                           

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

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


 

Incoming Sophomores

English 2:   Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds.  

Honors English 2:   Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds.  Click here for assignment.  Click here for additional assignment.                               

Honors Modern World History: 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 

 

 


 

Incoming Juniors

AP Chemistry:  click here 

AP Biology:  click here

English 3:  Choose one of the following:  The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, A Separate Peace, John Knowles, One of Us is Lying, Karen McManus.  Click here for assignment  
 

Honors English 3: Choose one of the following:  The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, A Separate Peace, John Knowles, One of Us is Lying, Karen McManus.   Click here for assignment  
                                           

AP Language & Composition:  Click here for assignment and reading list.  Choose Two books from the list. 

United States  History:  Click here for assignment 

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 Research:  Summer assignment, click here 

 


 

Incoming Seniors

 

AP Chemistry:  click here

AP Biology:  click here

English 4:  The Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis.  Click here for assignment                    

Honors English 4:    The Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis.  Click here for assignment                                             

AP Language & Composition:   Click here for assignment and reading list.  Choose Two books from the list. 

AP English: Literature and Composition

You will be reading THREE total books 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.  Click here for assignment 

BOOK 1 - The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewi

BOOK 2 - Literature before 1900 --- Choose one of these works written before 1900

Medea by Euripides (431 BC)  [2006 translation by Michael Collier ISBN: 9780195145663

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1859)
The Awakening by Kate Chopin (1899)

 

BOOK 3 - Literature after 1900 --- Choose one of these works written after 1900

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (1949)
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (1951)
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (1989)
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2003)

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 Latin:  See Google Classroom 

AP Seminar:   Summer Assignment, click here

AP Research:  Summer assignment, click here