Summer Reading and Assignments 2019
updated June 26, 2019
This Required Summer Reading List 2019 pertains to English 9, Honors English 9, English 10, Honors English 10, English 11, Honors English 11, American Studies Literature, and AP English (Grade 12).
ESL Literature Seminar: A Lesson before Dying by Ernest Gaines. Students have already been given their book and packet.
Please read Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin and take notes. A one-paragraph summary of each chapter is due at the start of the first class of the school year. On our first day of class, you will have a quiz covering the reading.
American Studies (Honors US History 11)
“1491” article by Charles Mann in The Atlantic, available here.
Read and take notes on the first 3 chapters of the textbook, A People & A Nation, 10th Ed.
AP European History
The Return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis
Chapters 2, 3, 4 and 6 of Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World by Timothy Brook
AP Government and Politics
There are two summer reading assignments for AP Government and Politics:
1. Read Chapter 1 of Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy, AP* Edition
2. “Primer Packet” (obtained from Director of Studies, Rick Tony) to be completed before the first day of class. Primer Packet is the “entry ticket” into the course. Students may not join without it.
AP US History
There are two summer reading assignments for AP US History:
1. Read and mark up a copy of Ellis' Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (ISBN-10: 9780375705243 / ISBN-13: 978-0375705243)
2. Read this article, Alan Taylor's American Colonies: The Settling of North America.
Then, complete this assignment, due on the first day of class.
Ethics (Honors) (Grade 10)
The Hidden Brain by Shankar Vedantam: Please read Introduction and Chapter 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
United States History (Grade 11)
Read and take notes on Chapter 1, from the beginning of the chapter on page 1, up to the section heading, "Indian Freedom, European Freedom," of our textbook, Give Me Liberty! (Brief 5th Edition) by Eric Foner.
Pay attention to the big ideas highlighted in the margins and consider the focus question on the top of the pages that says, "What were the major patterns of Native American life in North America before Europeans arrive?"
It is a good idea to try to answer the focus question in a few sentences, in your own words. It is also up to you to take notes either in your book, with highlighting and annotations, or in a separate notebook. I will check notes during the first weeks and our discussions will draw from these readings.
World History 9 (Honors)
Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
World History 9 (Non-Honors)
From Chaos to Order Summer Reading Assignment
Please check to see if you need to take a language placement test.