Summer Reading and Assignments

Summer Reading and Assignments

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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:            Down the Rabbit Hole, Peter Abrahams.  Click here for discussion questions 
Honors English 1:  Down the Rabbit Hole, Peter Abrahams. Click here for discussion questions 
 
 
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:   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:  Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline 
 

Honors English 3: Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline.  Click here for the assignment. 
                                           

AP Language & Composition:  50 Essays: A Portable Anthology 6th Edition.  Click here for Assignment and additional books.  Click here for book choice list  

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 Research:  Summer assignment, click here 

 


 

Incoming Seniors

 

AP Chemistry:  click here

AP Biology:  click here

English 4:  Born a Crime by Trevor Noah       
Suggested Reading 

 

Honors English 4:    Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Suggested Reading 

                                        

AP Language & Composition:   50 Essays: A Portable Anthology 6th Edition.  Click here for Assignment and additional books.  Click here for book choice list

AP English: Literature and Composition

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.  Click here for assignment and choices of books and poetry assignment 

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

 

Bridge Academy 

Bridge English Nothing But the Truth, by Avi.  Click here  

Summer Enrichment Sessions

Arlington Catholic is pleased to offer several enrichment sessions during the summer. Due to our technology investment students have the opportunity to take these classes in person at AC or virtually from anywhere in the world. Courses run for 1 or 2 weeks from 8:30-10:30, Monday-Friday. The cost is $200 per week plus a $25 non-refundable registration fee.  Tuition is refundable until classes begin, there will be no refunds after a class has started. 

 

Fundamentals of Algebra I Boot Camp  August 2-13, $400

This two-week course is designed for students who have not completed Algebra 1 or who have completed the course but need a review of the major concepts. This course will prepare students for Algebra 1 at Arlington Catholic. 

 

College Essay Writing - July 12-16, $200

This one-week class is for juniors and rising seniors. Tips and practice, with lots of feedback, will help students craft essays that will help them stand out in the college admissions process. Students are welcome to practice on actual prompts for their schools of interest. 

 

High School Placement Test Prep- Verbal- Aug 23 - Aug 27, $200

Students may register for one or both of the high school placement test courses. Over the course of two weeks, students who will be in the 8th grade in September and will work with the types of questions on the High School Placement Test. They will examine the types of questions asked, tips for success, and multiple practice opportunities. 

 

High School Placement Test Prep- Math- Aug 16 - Aug 20, $200

Students may register for one or both of the high school placement test courses. Over the course of two weeks, students who will be in the 8th grade in September and will work with the types of questions on the High School Placement Test. They will examine the types of questions asked, tips for success, and multiple practice opportunities. 

 

Lego Engineering - 2 week combo of July 12- 23, $400

This two week course will involve building and programming robots using LEGO Mindstorms EV3.. Class size is limited to 6 students.   **In person class only**

 

So you want to sing a cappella? July 12- July 16, $200

This class is all about a cappella music and how to sing it, students would sing a few acapella songs. The students will dive deep into vocal harmony and how vocal colors can fit together.

 

Ukulele for Beginners July 19-23, $200

In this course, students will learn how to tune and play their ukulele. We will focus on four chord songs as well as share resources for learning more after the class. This course is designed for the beginning ukulele student. Students would need to bring their own instruments. (middle or high school)   

 

Audition Prep July 26-30, $200

Want to audition for a musical but don’t know what song to choose? In this course, students will learn tips and tricks needed for auditioning for musical theater shows and college music programs.

 

Harmony Happenings August 2- 6, $200

This course is an introduction to music theory. Students will create their own four part songs that could be turned into choral pieces. Students will learn how to create harmony in terms of choral singing (middle or high school)