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Summer Reading

Please purchase your summer reading books from your favorite bookseller
Summer Reading assignments will be updated by June 1, 2024

9th Grade - Class of 2027

ENGLISH:
English 100 and 103H:
All incoming frosh in English 100 MUST read ONE of the following. 
All incoming frosh in English 103H MUST read TWO of the following. 
Of course, we encourage all incoming frosh to read more for enjoyment!

  • Turtles All the Way Down (John Green)
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay (Adib Khorram)
  • The Sun is Also a Star (Nicola Yoon)
  • Frankly in Love (David Yoon)

RELIGIOUS STUDIES:

Students must read and view both:

SOCIAL SCIENCE:
Students must read all three books: 

  • March, Book One (John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell) 
  • March, Book Two (John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell) 
  • March, Book Three (John Lewis, Andres Aydin, Nate Powell) 

https://www.amazon.com/March-Issues-3-Book-Series/dp/B01JM9RVII/ref=sr_1_1 

LANGUAGE:
Freshmen who are enrolled in any language class are not required to do summer work. 

10th Grade - Class of 2026

ENGLISH:  
English 200 and 203H:
All sophomores  must read two of the following:

  • Lobizona (Romina Garber)
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow  (Silvia Moreno-Garcia)
  • The Island of Missing Trees (Elif Shafak)

SOCIAL SCIENCE:   
MODERN WORLD HISTORY -- Students are to read one of the following:

  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (Barbara Demick)
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan (Vaddey Ratner)
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Ishmael Beah)
  • City of Thieves (David Benioff)
  • The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey (Ernesto Che Guevara and Cintio Vitier) 
  • Born a Crime (Trevor Noah)

SCIENCE:  Scroll down for Science Summer Reading. 

COMPUTER SCIENCE: Scroll down for AP Computer Science Summer Reading. 

LANGUAGE:  Click here for your summer language assignments.

11th Grade - Class of 2025

ENGLISH:  
ENGLISH 300
1) Read an annotate the short excerpts from the following non-fiction texts compiled here (Braiding Sweetgrass, Introduction to the 1619 Project, Nickel and Dimed, and Don't Lose Your Accent).  Please use this guide to help guide your annotations.

2) Read one (1) of the following fictional texts.  Think about how it relates to one or more of the non-fiction texts.

  • There There (Tommy Orange)
  • The Roundhouse (Louise Erdrich)  
  • Salvage the Bones (Jesmyn Ward)
  • Behold the Dreamers (Imbolo Mbue)
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club (Melinda Lo)
  • Caramelo (Sandra Cisneros)
  • Parable of the Sower (Octavia Butler)
  • The Resisters (Gish Jen)

3) OPTIONAL: Watch one of the following films.  Think about how it relates to the fictional and non-fictional texts.

  • 13th (Netflix & Apple TV)
  • Minari (YouTube, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Google Play)
  • Episodes 1 & 2: Reservation Dogs (Hulu)
  • Real Women Have Curves (HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix)

ENGLISH 303H
1) Read and annotate the short excerpts from the following non-fiction texts compiled here (Braiding Sweetgrass, Introduction to the 1619 Project, Nickel and Dimed, and Don't Lose Your Accent).  Please use this guide to help guide your annotations.

2) Read at least (2) of the following fictional texts.  Think about how it relates to one or more of the non-fiction texts.

  • There There (Tommy Orange)
  • The Roundhouse (Louise Erdrich)  
  • Salvage the Bones (Jesmyn Ward)
  • Behold the Dreamers (Imbolo Mbue)
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club (Melinda Lo)
  • Caramelo (Sandra Cisneros)
  • Parable of the Sower (Octavia Butler)
  • The Resisters (Gish Jen)

3) OPTIONAL: Watch one of the following films.  Think about how it relates to the fictional and non-fictional texts.

  • 13th (Netflix & Apple TV)
  • Minari (YouTube, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Google Play)
  • Episodes 1 & 2: Reservation Dogs (Hulu)
  • Real Women Have Curves (HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix)

SOCIAL SCIENCE:  
US HISTORIES AND CULTURES and US HISTORIES AND CULTURES HONORS -- Students are to read one of the following:

  • Homegoing (Yaa Gyasi)
  • Enrique's Journey (Sonia Nazario)
  • The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
  • Out of the Shadow (Rose Cohen)
  • On Gold Mountain (Lisa See)

Economics:  All students must see 'Summer Assignment' Preface module on Canvas after June 15.

Social Movements and Social Justice:  For ALL students:  Click here for the summer assignment.

Social Cognitive Psychology:  All students must see 'Summer Assignment' in Preface module on Canvas after June 15. 

Behavioral Neuroscience:  All students must buy and read the Introduction and Part one "The Fundamentals" (Chapters 1, 2, and 3) of Atomic Habits: Tiny changes, Remarkable results by James Clear.

SCIENCE:  Scroll down for Science Summer Reading. 

COMPUTER SCIENCE:  Scroll down for AP Computer Science Summer Reading.

LANGUAGE: Click here for your summer language assignments.

12th Grade - Class of 2024

ENGLISH: 
Students are to read the one appropriate to the class(es) they are signed up to take:

  • Eng. 403AP:  The Color Purple (Alice Walker) ISBN: 9780156028356 AND Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
  • Eng. 420: Satire in Literature and Popular Culture:  Beauty Queens (Libba Bray) 
  • Eng. 430: Modern American Authors: No Reading Assignment
  • Eng. 435: Women in Literature: Americanah (Chimamanda Adichie)
  • Eng. 440: Shakespeare: No Reading Assignment
  • Eng. 450: Mythology:  Circe (Madeline Miller) 
  • Eng. 460: Fiction into Film:  View the film “The Godfather” and "The Godfather II" before class.
  • Eng. 473: Burning Illusions:  The Will to Change (Bell Hooks)
  • Eng. 482: Literature and Composition:  Educated (Tara Westover) 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES:

RS 477: Ecological Justice and Spirituality:  Students are to read The Story of More (Hope Jahren) - pages 1-23. Students need to have the paperback version of the textbook in class on Day One. 

SOCIAL SCIENCE:
Students are to read the one appropriate to the class they are signed up to take:

  • US Gov't: Constitutional Law:  Students should view these two PBS programs BEFORE their first day of class:  "Plot to Overturn the Election " (54:23 m)  https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/documentary/plot-to-overturn-the-election/ AND  "Clarence and Ginni Thomas: Politics, Power, and the Supreme Court" https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/documentary/clarence-and-ginni-thomas/.  (1:54 min). Students should be prepared for a quiz on the first day of class. 
  • US Gov't: Crime, Law and the Constitution:  For ALL students:  Read Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson) 
  • US Gov't: San Francisco Case Studies:  For ALL students:  Read 1906 (James Dalessandro) before the first day of class. 
  • US Gov't: Race, Gender and Power:  For ALL students:  Click here for the summer assignment. 
  • Social Movements and Social Justice:  For ALL students:  Click here for the summer assignment.
  • Economics:  All students must see 'Summer Assignment' Preface module on Canvas after June 15.
  • Social Cognitive Psychology:  All students must see 'Summer Assignment' in Preface module on Canvas after June 15.  
  • Behavioral Neuroscience:  All students must buy and read the Introduction and Part one "The Fundamentals" (chapters 1, 2, and 3) of Atomic Habits: Tiny changes, Remarkable results by James Clear.

SCIENCE:  Scroll down for Science Summer Reading.

COMPUTER SCIENCE:  Scroll down for AP Computer Science Summer Reading

LANGUAGE: Click here for your summer language assignments.

Language Summer Reading

Freshmen who are enrolled in any language class are not required to do summer work.

Students entering other classes: Click here for your summer language assignments.

Science Summer Reading

AP Biology and AP Chemistry:  The summer assignment will be available on the class canvas page on July 1, 2023. 

AP Physics:  
Students should read the chapters and do the practice problems listed:
Chapter 1: #1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 12, 18, 21, 23, 30.
Chapter 2: #1-11 odds, 15, 16, 18, 19, 23-41 odds.  This covers Sections 2.1-2.4 which is mostly linear motion similar to what students should have learned in Honors Physics (with a few exceptions).
This is all due at the beginning of class on the first day of class.

AP Computer Science Summer Reading

AP Computer Science:  Please click here for the summer reading assignment. The assignment is on Canvas.

Schedules will be available online on June 30, 2023, for continuing students. 
Incoming frosh schedules will be available online on Aug. 1, 2023.

Textbook Purchases for 2023-24
All textbooks (including paperback fiction) except for Course Readers will be sold at:
The SI Online Bookstore (Operated by MBS Direct)

Details will be posted later this summer at www.siprep.org/bookstore.