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2012 Summer Reading

Students taking Honors and AP courses may have required reading.

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English AP/Honors Summer Reading Requirements - 2011

  • Eng 9 Accelerated 2011: The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Eng 10 Honors 2012:Life of Pi – Yann Martel and The Glass Castle -  Jeanette Walls
  • Honors American Literature 2012 (Ms. Ginsburg & Mr. Janosco): The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means To Be Black Now, by Toure' Summer Reading Instructions:'12-'13.html
  • AP Literature and Composition 2012: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte and Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
  • Postmodern Voices: AP Language and Composition 2011. Students should read Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison and be prepared for a comprehensive exam on the novel during the first days of class.

History and Social Studies Summer Reading Requirements - 2011

  • AP US History (Mr. Clarke – Mr. Keeler) 2011- Download your summer assignments as an Adobe PDF
  • AP European History 2011- Summer Assignment available on Mr. Balazs’ website-  In lieu of the textbooks which are getting rebound, you should pick up a copy of the textbook readings: Chapter 11 and 12 of Jackson Spielgovel’s: Western Civilization  7th edition (Should you wish to purchase a copy: make sure you get an edition that at least begins with the late Middle Ages and ends with the current times) at the Social Studies Office.  When you pick up your copy please check off the master list that has your name on it and also provide a email address that Mr. Balazs can reach you should it be necessary.   NOTE: You will also have to pick up the book:   A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age by William Manchester MAKE SURE YOU GO TO MR. BALAZS’ WEBSITE SINCE YOU WILL HAVE TO HAND IN MATERIAL AND TAKE A QUIZ ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS!
  • APLG 400 2011 (Mr. Cabrera and Mr. Rinaldi )- All Students enrolled in the AP Government class must read the book, Hardball (1999 edition) by Chris Matthews.  It is available through as well as most other bookstores. You will also be responsible to read the first 3 chapters of the textbook which you can begin to pick up on your return for the fall semester.  In addition, students should read the NY Times Week in Review section (Sundays) continuously through the 1st semester. Mr. Cabrera and Mr. Rinaldi will be posting additional expectations and assignments on their web pages in September.

AP Science Summer Reading Requirements - 2011

  • AP Biology 2011: Students need to pick up a summer reading assignment for the AP Biology course from Mrs. Ruegger in C101 prior to the last day of school.  The assignment consists of reading chapters 52 -56 in Biology by Campbell and Reece, which make up the Unit on Ecology.  In addition, students need to complete the reading guides for each chapter.  The answers to these will be collected the first day of classes; August 29, 2011.  There will be a test on this ecology unit during the first week of the quarter. If there are questions, students should contact Mrs. Ruegger at
  • AP Environmental Science (APES) 2012: ALL students registered for AP Environmental Science in the fall must go to C106 or C103 and sign out a text BEFORE THE END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR.  Then download the required summer packets.
  • Authentic Science Research (ASR) 2011: Summer Assignment For Incoming Sophomores PDF

Mathematics -2011