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2018 Summer Reading & Assignments: Upper School

Required and Common Reads

US Summer Assignments by Subject

English I - Justice, Power & Revenge - Freshmen

Choose ONE of the following texts and complete the assignment below: 

You may use either a hard copy or an e-book.

You may listen to an audiobook if that helps you focus, but you must also follow along with the written text.

all american boys
by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
by Scott Shusterman
The Walls Around Us
by Nove Ren Suma

English II - The Ties that Bind (and Unbind) - Sophomores


Read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and complete the assignment below.


Rebel, Rebel - Juniors and Seniors

You are in the driver's seat. Choose one of the Nonfiction or Fiction books listed below and complete the assignment.

Nonfiction Choices

Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening
by Manal Al-Sharif
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer


Fiction Choices

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Ken Kesey
Fight Club
by Chuck Palahniuk
by George Orwell
The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Dystopian Nightmares, Utopian Dreams - Juniors and Seniors

Read 1984 by George Orwell and complete the assignment below.

Detective Fiction - Juniors and Seniors


Read Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosely and complete the assignment below.

One City: Multiple Lenses - Juniors and Seniors

1. Read the article "Take the F" by Ian Frazier (New Yorker, February 20, 1995) and complete the assignment below.

2. View these videos and be prepared to discuss them in class: 

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition

1. Read The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

2. Select 2 books by an American author:

  • Work of fiction
  • Written in 20th or 21st Century
  • Author with thematic and stylistic substance

See assignment below for more details:

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition

Read these novels and complete the assignment.

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte
Diamond Dust: Stories
by Anita Desai

Advanced Placement French Language and Culture


Read Le racisme expliqué à ma fille by Tahar Ben Jelloun and complete the attached reading packet.

Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture


Read "Dos Palabras" by Isabel Allende and complete the assignment below:

The Atlantic World - Freshmen

Please read the following primary and/or secondary sources and complete the assignment:

United States History - Sophomores

Read the Bill of Rights and complete the assignment below:

United States History - Juniors

Actively read one of the documents below and complete the assignment:

Primary Documents

"Declaration of Independence"

President Washington's "Farewell Address"

President Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address"

Advanced United States History


Read pages 40-113 of your textbook America: A Narrative History by David Shi and George Tindall and complete the assignment below:

Advanced Placement European History


The textbook is The West in the World, 5th edition, by Dennis Sherman and Joyce Salisbury (2013). 

Bring completed assignment to class on August 27:

Research and Historical Inquiry

There is no required reading. However, you must complete the assignment below:

Conflicts in World History

View one of these two films and complete the assignment below:

Gladiator The Last of the Mohicans

Current Events

The summer assignment will help you learn how to identify a reliable news story.

Read the assignment and answer the attached questions:

Advanced Placement Calculus

UPDATE (8/3/18) - AP Calculus students have NO summer assignment this year.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Brian Abend at

Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Advanced Placement Chemistry


Review Chapters 1,2,3 and 10 of the text, Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition) and the Power Point slides attached below.

Advanced Placement Biology

Complete the following:

1. Write a one page personal reflection.

2. Read Chapter 1 of the textbook, Campbell Biology in Focus (2nd edition) by Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, and Reece.

3. Design and complete a plant experiment.

Advanced Placement Physics C (Mechanics)

Complete these assignments, in order, and bring to class on August 27:

1. Read Handout I: Preliminaries

2. View the video lecture: (also linked at the end of Handout I)

3. Homework I: Preliminaries

Research and Scientific Inquiry

Your summer assignment is designed to help you get a head start on the project selection process by asking you to think about what you want to do, exposing you to some different areas of research, and getting you used to reading research papers.

Advanced Visual Art Portfolio

During the summer you will be preparing assignments in these 3 categories: Sketchbook Assignments (15), Life Drawings (2), and Projects (3). 

Please consult the assignment below for more details: 

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