***BELOW ARE SELECTIONS FROM last summer (2020). STAY TUNED FOR SUMMER 2021 UPDATES!***
Current and incoming OC students, please review the following 2021 summer assignments organized by subject, then class level. Additional opportunities to connect over the summer around essays, movies and required reading are also listed under certain subject headings, so be sure to check thoroughly!
- 9th: CP and Honors English
- 10th: CP World Literature
- 10th: Honors World Literature
- 11th: CP American Literature
- 11th: Honors American Literature
- 11th: AP Language and Composition
- 12th: CP Research Methodology and Academic Writing
- 12th: Honors Research Methodology and Academic Writing
- 12th: AP Literature and Composition
- 12th: College Essay Workshops
As rising 9th grade students, we hope that you are already avid readers. We look forward to sharing many great works of literature with you during the next four years. We encourage you to do significant independent reading during the summer, reading widely and thoughtfully, experimenting with different genres, from nonfiction to graphic novels, from memoir to poetry. Mostly, we want you to read every single day and to enjoy what you read.
Part 1: “Shared” Books (to read this summer)
This summer, we ask you to read one “shared” text, according to level, that we will use as a starting point for your English class. Please bring your copy to school on the first day of class.
- CP English: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon
- Honors English: An American Childhood, by Annie Dillard
Part 2: “Choice” Books (to read this summer)
Whether you are enrolled in CP or in Honors English for next year, we ask you to choose at least one of the following texts to read on your own (all brief overviews from bn.com): click here for full list and additional information.
Part 3: Books to Purchase for the School Year (Honors English only)
We will distribute school copies of most of our required reading materials. However, you will also need your own print copy of: Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Honors Opportunity: Tuesday, July 21, 1-2pm
As rising 10th grade students, we hope that you are growing as readers and finding books that you enjoy, both inside and outside school. Your teachers look forward to sharing some great works of literature with you next year. We encourage you to do some independent reading during the summer, visiting your local library and experimenting with different genres, from nonfiction to graphic novels, from memoir to poetry. Mostly, we want you to read every single day and to enjoy what you read. You will need to purchase your own copies of some books, as follows.
1. “Shared” Book (to read this summer):
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (ISBN-13: 9780375842207)
This summer, we ask you to read one “shared” text that we will use as a starting point for your English class. Please bring your copy to school on the first day of class. We are not asking you to do any writing assignment yet, but you should read thoughtfully, annotate, and take notes so that you are ready for writing about The Book Thief as soon as you return to school.
2. Books to Purchase for the School Year
Please note: students will be required to purchase 2-3 additional books for use during the school year. At the beginning of the school year, each teacher will provide a list of books that we will cover in class between September and May. We will require our students to have print copies of these texts, with the idea that the print texts allow for undistracted, slow reading and re-reading, as well as consistent citation. When we study these texts in class, students will be expected to have their own copies with them each day. Inexpensive used copies of most of these books are easily available.
Over the summer, rising World Literature 10 Honors students must read one novel of their choosing from the options listed on this page. While students are not required to take notes, they should read for a thorough understanding of the text and should be prepared to write a paper about the text during the first week of school. Students should also bring the novel with them on the first day of class. It is suggested that you purchase the story that you select as you will be referencing it throughout the first semester.
Summer Reading Options:
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
- The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
- My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
Welcome to American Literature! We are excited to have this opportunity to explore a vast array of ideas, topics, and themes with you over the next year. In order for us to begin the process, you will be responsible for reading two novels over the course of the summer. The assignments for each novel are outlined below.
1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Following in the tradition of dystopian fiction, Guy Montag, a firefighter in a futuristic society, is not pleased with his society, career, and himself. The novel explores his attempt to break free of his world and discover his “true” self.
2. Your Research Paper Novel
Similar to your Sophomore World Literature course, you will be assigned a research paper that you must complete during the course of the year. We will go over the requirements of this paper (such as page length, the amount of sources, etc.) at the beginning of the school year, but we need you to begin preparations for the writing now.
For your summer reading assignment, you will have the chance to explore diverse ideas through a variety of texts and to respond to your reading and thinking through creative notetaking. You will need to purchase print copies (no ebooks) of three texts, listed in the assignment below. You may purchase these texts from a variety of sources, including traditional and online booksellers. Next to the text required texts (The Joy Luck Club and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother) the appropriate ISBN number is listed. Please purchase that particular copy of the text to streamline page numbers. All the parts of this assignment are due the first week of school. Please bring all three purchased texts to school the first day of class.
Part 1 – Organizing thoughts through notetaking
Text – The StudyTee video on YouTube, “How I take notes (neat and effective)”:
Part 2 – Reading
Texts 1 + 2 –
- The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan ISBN: 978-0143038092
- Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua ISBN: 978-0143120582
Text 3 – Choice book from the “Choice Novels for Research Paper Summer 2020” list
Texts to be read over the summer:
1. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
As one of the most-referenced American novels, The Great Gatsby is a high-school rite of passage. Fitzgerald’s gorgeous prose offers a glimpse into the lives of the privileged (and not-so-privileged) in 1920s American society and shakes the foundations of the “American Dream.”
2. George Orwell, 1984
Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell's prescience of modern life—the ubiquity of television, the distortion of language—which still resonates long after the anticipated date.
3. Current newspaper editorials, to be emailed throughout the summer (6 total)
In addition to reading these required texts, you will have the greatest success in my class if you do significant independent reading, both fiction and nonfiction, during the summer, according to your own interests and abilities. I encourage you to visit your local library or bookstore, where you will find great suggestions for your own summer reading.
All assignments must be completed by the first day of classes.
Reading Check-in Opportunity: July 22, 1-1:30PM
Summer Reading Requirements:
This I Believe: A Public Dialogue About Belief – One Essay at a Time
Students must use the website listed above as the summer reading text.
Instructions on finding the essays: On thisibelieve.org, click on the explore tab. From the drop down menu, choose browse by theme. This will bring you to a webpage that has many different themes that you can choose from. Select 3 different themes from this list and read 5 different essays in each theme (total of 15 essays for this assignment).
Welcome to Honors Research Methodology and Academic Writing! This course will prepare you for college-level research and writing by guiding you through the process of writing a research paper. In preparation for the course, you will read one of the following texts:
- Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
You should get a print copy of whichever book you choose and annotate in a way that will help you to record your responses and reflect critically about what you read—noting passages that interest or confuse you, and finding ways to connect to the reading. For example, you might use marginal annotations, define unfamiliar words, and keep a timeline of events. You will be allowed to use your annotations for class activities and assignments, including in-class writing, so effort put forth over the summer will be rewarded during the school year.
This summer, I hope that you will do lots of reading for pleasure, experimenting with different genres, from nonfiction to graphic novels, from memoir to poetry. Mostly, I want you to read every single day. To prepare for my class, you should do some thoughtful reading of and note- taking on AP-level texts, including two novels—one that I choose, and one that you choose.
First, some notes about notes:
I want you to keep a paper notebook for my class, that you will add to during class discussions. Please choose a notebook that will be your dedicated A.P. Lit notebook for the year. You can choose a simple composition-style notebook, or something fancier—but make sure that it is something not too heavy or bulky, but with plenty of space that you will enjoy using. When we come back to school in August, I will ask you to show me at least 3 pages of notes about each of your novels. This is a very open-ended assignment, so I hope you will feel empowered to create something that will represent your ideas and insights about your reading. Of course, your notes should be more sophisticated than just summaries of the novels. Think in terms of
- Big ideas
Second, please read the following books:
1. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë. Any edition is fine. (Mine is the Penguin Classic, if you want to be on the same page. ISBN 978-0-14-144114-6.) Please read thoughtfully and take notes. When we return to school, we will discuss the big ideas. You will write an in-class essay on this novel to begin to get familiar with the kind of writing that is expected of you on the exam.
2. At least one of the novels from the attached AP list of free response titles. My only parameters are that you must choose:
- a novel (not a play, poem, or short story)
- something that has appeared at least twice on the list
- a title that has appeared at least once in the 21st century
- something that you have not read previously for another class
Tuesday July 21, 2-3PM
Wednesday July 22, 10-11AM
College Essay Writing Workshop - Any rising senior is welcome to drop in to ask Ms. Jeffries for general pointers, go over specific essay prompts, or get Writing Center-style advice on drafts. Join here.
Tuesday July 21, 1PM
Please watch the movie Casablanca on your own (available for $3.99 purchase on multiple platforms) and join Mrs. Rinkacs for a 30-45 minute discussion on July 21st at 1:00pm.
Think book club except this group will discuss movies instead of books. In addition to Casablanca, we may discuss other favorite classic movies.
This series is open to any OC student who wants to attend. Join the conversation via Zoom, here!
Welcome to APCSA!! Have a wonderful summer, can’t wait to see you in the fall!
- Create an account through CMU. If you don’t use your real name as you user name, please make it something I will be able to connect to you.
- If you were in APCSP this year, you have already started this part of the assignment
- Please watch “The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms”. (About an hour)
- Please watch “Losing Lena” (about 30 minutes)
- If you are ambitious, after you finish the Python - take a look at java ThinkJava Textbook
- Don’t worry if you don’t understand it all. This is what we will cover in the first quarter, so if you have read it once, it will make more sense when we do it in class.
If you get stuck on anything, email me (email@example.com) a screenshot of the code you are working on and I will help you through it
Welcome to APCSP! Can’t wait to see you in the fall… in the meantime…
- Please Read through the Beginner topics on the attached packet (these are stories, kind of fun summer reading.
- Please watch “The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms”. (About an hour)
- Please watch “Losing Lena” (about 30 minutes)
Read Blown to Bits by Hal Abelson. We will be reading a bunch of chapters out of this book throughout the year - if you feel like reading it over the summer, you’ll be ahead and able to just skim it to remind yourself what was in that part when we read it for class and save yourself some time during the school year.
You will need to buy the grammar book 'Reprise': a review workbook for grammar, communication and culture (Amazon or ebay, can be a used copy.)
Review Avoir/ Être/ verbes -er/ -ir/ formation of questions:
+ Passé Composé with être and Avoir
+Indirect object pronouns (p.204 in Textbook)
Direct object pronouns (p.228 in textbook)
Write a 3/4 page essay in the passé composé (être/ avoir) ‘qu'est-ce que vous avez fait pendant les vacances d'été?’
You will need to buy Reprise: A French Grammar Review Workbook (Amazon or ebay; can be a used copy)
- Review P.C vs. Imparfait (chap.4)
- Future and Conditional (chap.5)
- Chapitre 6: Imperative
- Chapitre 7: Reflexive Verbs
- Chapitre 16: Object pronouns
- Chapitre 21: negative sentences
Voir le film ‘Les Choristes’ (2004) + écrire un résumé + critique (3/4 page)
Travail pour la classe de CE pendant cet été:
- Plus que Parfait
- Pronoms Y- En
- Chapitre 5 Futur/ Conditionnel
- Chapitre 25 Subjonctif + Conditionnel passé
- Chapitre 27 Other uses of the subjonctif
- Regarder le film ‘Le scaphandre et le papillon’ (The diving bell and the butterfly for the English title) : écrire un résumé + critique (1 page)
- Lire le texte p.325: écrire un résumé et répondez à la question 'Qu'est-ce que le micro-financement et qu'est-ce que vous en pensez?'
Pour la classe de AP l'année prochaine:
Revoir la grammaire dans Reprise: Subjonctif Présent, plus que parfait, futur antérieur, conditionnel présent et passé, Participles and infinitives (chap.10), adverbes (chap.14), relative pronouns- relatives clauses (chap.18), prépositions (chap.23)
- Books to buy: Barron AP French + Tintin Les bijoux de la Castafiore
- Tintin 'Les bijoux de la Castafiore' Lire les pages 1-11: rechercher le vocabulaire difficiles et écrire un résumé (3/4 page) + écrire une petite biographie de l'auteur Hergé
- Barron: familiarize yourself with the exam format and read the strategies for the email replies (p.97/ take notes)
- Voir le film Au Revoir les Enfants + prendre des notes pour discussion
Read the Aeneid in English.
Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 (you may skim the other sections)
Recommended translation: The Aeneid (Penguin Classics) [Paperback] Virgil (Author), Bernard Knox (Editor, Introduction), Robert Fagles (Translator) Publication Date: December 28, 2010 | ISBN-10: 0143106295 | ISBN-13: 978-0143106296
Read the Gallic Wars in English.
Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 (you may skim the other sections)
Recommended translation: The Gallic War: Seven Commentaries on The Gallic War with an Eighth Commentary by Aulus Hirtius (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback] Julius Caesar (Author), Carolyn Hammond (Translator) Publication Date: June 15, 2008 | ISBN-10: 0199540268 | ISBN-13: 978- 0199540266
You are being asked to do Summer Work to familiarize you with the expectations and format of the AP Spanish exam while maintaining your Spanish over the summer. The work you will be doing will keep your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills active and encourage you to develop good habits for improving these skills in Spanish. This work will also help you discover and put into use technology as a resource for connecting to real-life Spanish.
Please do all activities completely and to the best of your ability. I will be using this work to assess your skills upon your return in the summer. You will also receive a grade for this work and have a test on one of the first days of school.
Please complete all of the problems in this packet. Neatly label and show your work and indicate your answer in the space provided. If you need additional space, attach notebook or graph paper with your work clearly labeled. Do not use a calculator unless the directions state to do so.
This packet will be collected within the first few days of school, and you may have a test on the material within the first few weeks of school.
The packet below is due on the 1st day of the 2020-2021 school year. Show all of your work for full credit. The answers can be found at the end of the packet for you to check prior to the beginning of school. You will be tested on the concepts covered in this packet during the 1st week of school. No calculator will be allowed on the exam.
Email Mrs. Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Packet updated 7/20/20
This packet is due on the first day of class for the school year 2020-2021. All work must be shown in order to receive full credit for the assignment.
A test will be given on the content of the problems from this assignment.
If you have questions over the summer, please utilize the discussion board. Asking questions is an essential part of learning and answering questions is a great way to solidify your knowledge.
This assignment consists of two parts; the Prerequisite Skills Test, and the Logic and Problem Solving Exercises, both contained with the attached packet below. Please complete all of the exercises in this packet. Neatly label and show your work and indicate your answer in the space provided. if you need additional space, attach notebook or graph paper with your work clearly labeled. This packet will be collected within the first few days of school, and you may have a test on the material within the first few weeks of school.
Try your best to complete each problem without the use of a calculator. ALL work must be shown on this packet to receive full credit. This packet is due on the first day of class when we return for the 2020-2021 school year.
Welcome to AP Biology!!
We have a lot to accomplish this year so of course you will need to get started by completing the summer assignments below. Just to warn you I do not accept late assignments! So please have them in on time. As you are an AP student, I expect this will not be a problem :)
Most contact for us over the summer will work best via the Schoology group. This way you have a space to talk to me and other classmates. However, if you need a question addressed quickly please directly e-mail me as I receive notifications unlike on Schoology.
Schoology Access Code: G9NC-4QF8-T7GZ9
Please join our group ASAP. Since we will not be meeting over the summer, I need a way to communicate with all of you. You can certainly contact me as needed. If you need assistance please call the high school main office.
Please note the following deadlines:
- Prior to the end of the week - join our Schoology group
- S1 - Tuesday June 30th
- S2 - Tuesday, July 28 h
You will not be able to receive a copy of the AP Biology text book prior to the fall, so we will need to use the text copy I downloaded to our group page. You will also need 6 zip grade sheets or you can print them from a link I will provide.
The summer assignment is due Thursday, August 13, 2020.
Your answers will be graded for correctness. Expect a test on the information contained in this packet within the first week of returning to school. Please contact Mrs. Sforza via email if you have any questions at email@example.com.
Assignments are sorted by grade. Please read the assigned book in its entirety.
Honors World History II
- A History of the World in Six Glasses, by Tom Standage
A message from Ms. Doyle:
I think you will see that the book is meant to entertain and inform but it is not written for a “scholarly” audience. Still, I think Standage came up with a great way to illustrate some of the key elements which characterize the emerging field of World History: moments of change, points of comparison and patterns of connection.
Because you have studied early civilizations in your freshman year, we will spend very little time focused on the sections of the book on beer and wine. These sections are important however, in establishing the idea of how drinks (as essential expressions of culture) shaped economies, sparked trade, and advanced cultural practices.
The following are guideline questions for your summer reading. You will have an objective test on the book within the first few days of school, depending on the schedule. This will be a reading comprehension test so it is critical that you take notes and underline/highlight while you read to prompt your memory for this test. Another evaluation will follow our class discussion of the book.
AP U.S. Government and Politics
- Our Divided Political Heart, by E.J. Dionne
June 29 & August 3: Join Mr. D in discussing your summer reading on August 3rd. Check your email for the zoom link!
AP Human Geography
- Happy City, by Charles Montgomery
Welcome to AP Psychology! AP Psych is a fast-moving course that covers more psychology material than many Intro to Psych courses in college. For that reason, it is imperative that we hit the ground running in August. You will have two summer assignments in order to be ready for Day 1:
- Reading: The Roots and Branches of Psychology by Mark F. Griffin
- Define/Identify Key Terms and People for Unit 1
If you have any questions over the summer, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will do my best to get back to you in a timely fashion. Thanks for your interest in psychology. It is a fascinating and rewarding subject to study. I look forward to seeing you on Day 1.