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2019 Summer Reading & Assignments: Upper School

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To use this guide, begin by selecting a department from the tabbed menu at the top of the box below.  Be sure to view each department from which you are taking a class in order to view your summer reading and assignments for each subject area.

English I - Justice, Power & Revenge - Freshmen

Choose ONE of the following texts and complete the assignment:

Note:
Y
ou 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

Scythe
by Scott Shusterman

The Walls Around Us
by Nove Ren Suma

 

Assignment Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U3LZxhCllUhqyCoHi7F6xy7Q_ysbZGb1ZXj5fmPPx0c/edit?usp=sharing 

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

 

     Read Witness: A Civil War Through the Eyes of a Child by Quanuquanei A. Karmue ('01 Bancroft Alumnus) and complete the assignment below. 

Selectives

Literature of Love

Choose ONE of the following texts and complete the assignment:

Note:
Please purchase a physical copy for class.
You may listen to an audiobook if that helps you focus, but you must also follow along with the written text.

 

 

 

 

With the Fire on High
by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Night Circus
by
Erin Morgenstern

Rebecca
by 
Daphne du Maurier

 

Assignment Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qlaXLE_UjAJl-fH_8Tc78RfqklHkpRzQjjWMsorvMa4/edit?usp=sharing

One City: Multiple Lenses

  1. Read the article "Take the F" by Ian Frazier (New Yorker, February 20, 1995 - see link below for PDF).
  2. Review and complete the assignment: 
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1m2cXu6izKiw_I_odER3nZOm4Az4JkKJ4VyDVgDOSlQE/edit?usp=sharing.   
  3. View these videos and be prepared to discuss them in class: 

Speculative Fiction: Our Future Selves

     Read Unwind by Neal Shusterman and complete the linked assignment

Note:
Please purchase a physical copy for class.
You may listen to an audiobook if that helps you focus, but you must also follow along with the written text.

Assignment Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1woDQ1r6J8M878LPcQ_fbRrf_-okmupkxv5rBAzT4p2Y/edit?usp=sharing

Technology in Literature


NB - This assignment has multiple parts; be sure to review the linked assignment before proceeding.

  1. Spend a few days observing the technology you use, or see being used, in your daily life. Then:

    • make a list with at least 5 examples of these technologies

    • look up a definition of technology, and type it up (remember to include the source where you found it!). 

  2.      Actively read Tell the Machine Goodnight (hardcover edition) by Katie Williams.

  3. Complete three character passages - see linked assignment for full details on how to complete this part of the assignment.

The Unreliable Narrator: Lies, Truths and Other Illusions

     Read The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien and complete the linked assignment

Assignment: 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qLDu0RWp_BHQdmSXCK9HeeGifeOaO975_b7i8RpKDyM/edit?usp=sharing.
Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition


NB - This assignment has multiple parts; be sure to review the linked assignment before proceeding.


  1. Pick up a copy of The Language of Composition in our bookstore (fyi: there will be no charge because this is the textbook for the course) and actively read Chapter 1 (pp 4-35). You do not need to complete any of the Activities.

     

  2.      
    Read The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition

Read these novels and complete the assignment:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zXXVBrwnWbIOKIs_FZq4Fpt0iZbAOPnpw-uZQWpWqHc/edit?usp=sharing.

 

 

In the Skin of a Lion
by Michael Ondaatje

July’s People
by Nadine Gordimer

Advanced Placement French Language and Culture

 

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

 

 

Due: First AP Class of Academic Year 19/20

Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture

Complete the assignment linked below:

The Atlantic World - Freshmen

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

United States History - Sophomores

Examine the The Nation Expands section of the Interactive United States History Map from Annenberg Learning (http://www.learner.org/interactives/historymap/index.html > click on the The Nation Expands tab of the menu bar at the top of the page)  study how the United States expanded territorially.

You will use this page to complete the assignments linked below. All work is due on the first day of class.

Advanced Placement

Advanced United States History


NB - This assignment has multiple parts; be sure to review the linked assignment before proceeding.


  1. Read pages 223-245 of your textbook America: A Narrative History by David Shi and George Tindall.  The expectation is that you gain a foundation for understanding what was happening in the United States from 1783 to 1789.

  2.      
    Read the Introduction (not the Forward or Preface) and Chapter 1 of The American Political Tradition by Richard Hofstadter.

  3. Write a short paper which does two things:

  • summarizes Hofstadter’s argument in Chapter 1 (not the Introduction)
  • Explains whether or not you agree with his argument (and why)

Review the assignment file below for full details.

Advanced Placement European History


NB - This assignment has multiple parts; be sure to review the linked assignment before proceeding.


  1. Read pages Chapter 9 of your textbook, The West in the World, 5th edition, by Dennis Sherman and Joyce Salisbury (2013). 

  2. Answer all of the Critical Thinking questions that go along with Chapter 9 and be ready to discuss the Medieval period of European History when we come back to class.

  3. Label the map of Europe linked below with the list of countries and capitals. 

Review the assignment file below for full details. Your assignment is due the first FULL day of classes and you should expect a map quiz the first week back to school.​

Research and Historical Inquiry

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

Advanced Placement Calculus

AP Calculus students have NO summer assignment this year. You will receive an email from Mr. Brian Abend with additional information.

Advanced Placement Biology

Review the 2019 AP Biology Summer Assignment: 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VlPYpC9KJiJyjm4sM58f-XwUyh93Il1E_rVSbCkmEyg/edit?usp=sharing 

Then:

  1. Write a one page personal reflection.
  2. Design and complete a plant experiment.

Both assignments are due the first class after Labor Day Weekend.

Advanced Placement Chemistry

Review the 2019 AP Chemistry Summer Assignment linked below, then:

  1. Review Chapters 1,2,3 and 5 of the text: Chemistry: A Molecular Approach by N. Tro, 4th ed. (available from the Bancroft Bookstore).
  2. Complete the assigned end-of-chapter problems for each chapter (see Summer Assignment handout, attached below) in your homework journal (available from the Bancroft Bookstore)
  3. Be on the lookout for supporting PowerPoint presentations to be sent to you by Dr. Beauregard via email later this summer.

Advanced Placement Physics C (Mechanics)

Complete these assignments, in order, and bring to class on the first day of class:

  1. Read Handout I: Preliminaries
  2. View the video lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtOGurrUPmQ (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.

Assignment Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12JQReTexCjSI90eD0nplzdvFy8viSaa4H-W8_3kMUF4/edit?usp=sharing

Advanced Visual Art Portfolio

During the summer you will be preparing assignments in 3 categories: Sketchbook Assignments (8), Life Drawings (2), and Projects (3). 

Please consult the assignment and supporting documents below for more details: 

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