2018 Summer Reading Assignments

Summer assignments should be completed before school begins in August. Any work associated with an assignment should be printed and brought to the first day of classes unless otherwise stated in the specific assignment document. 

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Boys

All students should expect a summer reading exam the first week of the new school year.

  • Advanced Journalism
    • Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project by Dave Isay
  • African American Literature
    • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Algebra II and Honors Algebra II/Trig
  • American Studies and American Literature
    Students must read one of the following:
    • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
    • Hillbilly-Elegie by J.D. Vance
    • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
    • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
    • Bridges at Toko-Ri by James Michener
    • The Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez
  • AP Biology
    • Summer review is posted in Canvas. If you have not received an invitation to enroll in the course, please email Mr. Powell '95.
  • AP Chemistry
    • Summer review is posted in Canvas. If you have not received an invitation to enroll in the course, please email Mrs. Bartholomew.
  • AP Environmental Science
    • Students should read The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert and create a one page outline of the key points. Bring outline to the first day of class.
  • AP Language and Composition
    • The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
  • AP Latin
  • AP Literature and Composition
    • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    • The Idylls of the King by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
      Please read the following selections: “Dedication,” “The Coming of Arthur,” “Merlin and Vivien,” “Lancelot and Elaine,” “The Holy Grail,” “The Last Tournament,” “Guinevere,” “The Passing of Arthur”
  • AP Spanish Literature & Culture
  • AP Studio Art Drawing
  • AP Studio Art 2D Design
  • AP US History
  • Composition: Sustainability, Food, and Justice
    • Best Food Writing 2016 by Holly Hughes
  • Detective Fiction
    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (see MBS for edition)
  • English 1
    • Please select one of the titles on this list.
  • English 1 Seminar
    • Winterdance by Gary Paulsen
  • English 2
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
  • French 3
  • Graphic Novel
    • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • Honors English 2
    • Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Honors English 1
    • Please select one of the titles on this list.
  • Honors French 2
  • Honors French 3
  • Lit into Film
    • Please read one of the following books and also view the film. The first week of school you will be asked to write an essay discussing various elements of both the novel and the film.
      • The Blind Side by Michale Lewis
      • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
      • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Perspectives of War in Literature
    • In a Time of War by Bill Murphy, Jr.
  • Religious Literature
    • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • World History/Global Civilizations
    • Freshmen: No summer assignment
    • Sophomores: A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage
 

Girls

  • Advanced Journalism
    • Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project by Dave Isay
  • African American Literature
    • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Algebra II and Honors Algebra II/Trig
  • American Literature
    Students must read one of the following:
    • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithis
    • The Educated by Tara Westover
  • AP Biology
    • Summer assignment is posted in Canvas. If you have not received an course invitation please reach out to Ms. Glenn '08. Review this information prior to starting.
  • AP Environmental Science
    • Students should read The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert and create a one page outline of the key points. Bring outline to the first day of class.
  • AP Language/American Literature
  • AP Latin
  • AP Literature and Composition
    Students must read one of the following:
    • Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
    • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
    • Obasan by Joy Kogawa
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP Spanish Literature & Culture
  • AP Studio Art Drawing
  • AP Studio Art 2D Design
  • AP US History
  • English 1
    • Please select one of the titles on this list.
  • English 2
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • French 3
  • Graphic Novel
    • Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
      Ms. Marvel Vol 1: No Normal by Adrian Alphona Wilson and Sara Pichelli
  • Honors English 1
    • Please select one of the titles on this list.
  • Honors English 2
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
    • The Once and Future King by T.H. White (ISBN: 9780441627400)
  • Honors French 2
  • Honors French 3
  • Honors Spanish 2
  • Honors Spanish 3
  • Multicultural Literature
    • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Literature into Film
    • Q & A by Vikas Swarup
  • Reading and Writing Poetry
    • The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems by Billy Collins
  • Shakespeare
    • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (come to class first day prepared with a lengthy monologue from the play to discuss and write about)
  • Women in Literature
    Students must read one of the following:

    • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    • A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
    • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    • Educated by Tara Westover