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Summer AP Assignments

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES:

Advanced Placement Art History

Students will read Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Global History 15th edition by Fred S. Kleiner

Read and outline the Introduction plus Chapters One through Four, p. 1 – 101.

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition

1984 by George Orwell

ISBN-10: 0451524934

            ISBN-13: 978-0451524935

The Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

            ISBN-10: 0316017930

            ISBN-13: 978-0141036250

Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy

            ISBN-10: 0060854936

            ISBN-13: 978-0066854935

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Synopsis: Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families – the Trasks and the Hamiltons – whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Synopsis: First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930’s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads – driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America.

 

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Synopsis: I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice – not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.

            In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boy --- best friends --- are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy’s mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn’t believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God’s instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.

Advanced Placement European History

The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier

Synopsis: This novel transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly-imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer’s most celebrated paintings. It tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius even as she herself in immortalized in canvas and oil.

Advanced Placement US Government

Students will complete a packet to be handed in on the first full day of classes. A formal assessment will be administered during the first week of school.

Advanced Placement United States History

Students will read selected excerpts from A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Advanced Placement Statistics

Students will complete topics from the first chapter in an on-line course setting conducted by the teacher.

Advanced Placement Calculus AB

Students will complete a packet to be handed in on the first full day of classes. A formal assessment will be administered during the first week of school.

Advanced Placement Spanish

Students will complete a packet to be handed in on the first full day of classes. A formal assessment will be administered during the first week of school.

 

Advanced Placement Physics

A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Synopsis: For readers who have asked for a more accessible formulation of Stephen Hawking’s key concepts – the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, and the history and future of the universe, A Briefer History of Time explains all of this clearly.   A Briefer History of Time clarifies and expands on subjects of the original text and records the latest developments – from string theory to the search for a unified theory of all the forces of physics. Thirty-seven full-color illustrations enhance the text.

 

Advanced Placement Biology

AP Biology students will be expected to complete the ecology unit independently over the summer. This will include reading and active reading guides for chapters 40, 41, 42, and 43, as well as practice multiple choice and free-response questions. AP Biology students should expect to be assessed on this material the second week of school. In addition, students will complete reading and an active reading guide for chapter 2, which is a review of learned chemistry lessons. While we will review some of the content in class, students are expected to have a solid foundation in chemistry. All summer assignments will be collected on the first full day of school.

Advanced Placement Chemistry

Students will complete a packet to be handed in on the first full day of school. A formal assessment will be administered during the first week of school.

 

Advanced Placement Environmental Science

Students will be expected to read and outline the first three chapters in the textbook as well as complete a comprehensive math skills review without the use of a calculator. Students will be responsible for environmentally related current event analyses and a geography review due the first week of class.

Advanced Placement Psychology

Students will read from their textbook and complete a packet to be handed in on the first full day of school. A formal assessment will be administered during the first week of school.