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AP/Honors Summer Assignments

ap chemistry

AP Chemistry Summer Assignment: Enroll in Summer AP Chemistry in Google Classroom using the code hda3kf to access summer review materials. 

AP/Honors English

Teachers in the Honors/AP program advocate year-round reading both for pleasure and for improvement of vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking skills. Voracious readers become top scholars. To this end, we urge students to read widely, both fiction and non-fiction. Many students choose to read all the selections on their Summer Reading lists.


Summer Before Grade Nine

Students are to read:  

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Required) and read at least one of the following:

  • Angela’s Ashes—Frank McCourt
  • Bless Me Ultima—Rudolfo Anaya
  • China Boy—Gus Lee
  • Nectar in a Sieve—Kamala Markandaya
  • Secret Life of Bees—Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Kite Runner—Khaled Hosseini

Freshman Honors English:
Freshman Honors English Summer Assignment 


Summer Before Grade Ten

Students are to read:

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and at least one of the following:

  • The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien*
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel*

*Do not be tempted to watch the movie instead of reading the book; there are significant differences between the two.


Summer Before Grade Eleven (AP English III)

Students are to read either Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin or Walden – Henry David Thoreau and read and at least one of the following works:

  • Woman Warrior- Maxine Hong Kingston
  • House Made of Dawn- N. Scott Momaday
  • No No Boy- John Okada
  • Beloved- Toni Morrison
  • Days of Obligation: An Argument with my Mexican Father- Richard Rodriguez


Summer Before Grade Twelve (AP English IV)

Students are to read Hamlet-William Shakespeare and watch the film version (starring Mel Gibson) and read at least one of the following works:

  • The Remains of the Day- Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A Passage to India- E.M. Forster
  • Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy


ap european history

AP European History Summer Assignment:

1.       Read and outline Chapters 11 and 12 from the textbook: McKay, Crowston, Weisner-Hanks, Perry. A History of Western Society, Since 1300, For AP, Bedford-St. Martin’s: Boston, 2014/15. 11th Edition. 

* Please also read and answer the questions to the primary sources located throughout each chapter. You can include this with your chapter outlines, just make sure to label them.

2. Learn a Map of Europe: Students will be expected to be familiar with a basic map of Europe( Countries and major capitals) and take a quiz on the first day of class. Here is a link to HMH Education Place with a completed map outline to help you practice.

3. In order to help you get familiar with primary source readings I highly recommend reading the full version of Machiavelli’s The Prince available for free on ibooks and other digital book readers. *This one is optional.

You should be prepared to be assessed on these assignments the first week of school.


AP US History

Integrated math II - honors

For students who will be entering IM2H we highly encourage you to look through and complete assignments on Khan Academy. Your focus should be the Algebra 1 course, specifically covering the following topics: Algebra Foundations, Solving Equations, Solve Inequalities, Linear Equations and Graphs, Functions, Linear Word Problems,  and Systems of Equations. This will help make sure that you have the foundational skills that you need to complete the IM2H course.