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Ap World History Summer Assignment

AP World History Summer Assignment


Welcome to AP World History in this course we will be covering human history beginning in 8,000 BCE to the present.  Be ready for a very fast paced course with a lot of independent responsibility.


You will be reading The History of the World In Six Glasses by Tom Standage.  I recommend that you purchase the text.  Amazon usually has very cheap copies.


After you have finished reading the book I would like you fill out the attached chart.  For each of the beverages you will describe the historical events they connect to.  After you describe in detail the historical events the beverage connects to you will cite the page number. Each beverage should have AT LEAST FIVE HISTORICAL EVENTS THAT THEY CONNECT TO.   Please follow the example provided in the chart and the chart must be typed.  THE CHART AND THIS INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND IN THE LOCKER TO THE LEFT.


We also highly recommend buying one or more AP study books before the school year starts.  The AP test changed this past year so we recommend you purchase the newest version of the study book. These will be the books that will help you not only study for your unit tests but your AP test itself.  These can be purchased at any Barnes and Noble or on Amazon.  They usually range from $15 - $25 new.   Take a look at the book before school begins.

Please read the book thoroughly.


Please understand that this class is rigorous and challenging but also very rewarding.  This summer assignment will show your commitment and dedication to the class.




 If you have any questions please email or


 We look forward to working with you all next school year

Ms. Prokopidis and Mr. Jenkins

AP Eng Language Summer Reading

AP Language Summer Reading 2018-2019  email for questions 

Before you come into any Eleventh Grade AP English Language class you are to read the two assigned books this summer.  

We are encouraging you to annotate the books, take notes as an open or closed note exam the first day of class is quite likely. Both books are available used on Amazon or for free at your local public library. If the book is not in stock at library you can order it from downtown public library and they will have it in about a week. 


Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner 

The second assigned book is another work of non-fiction, Freakonomics. Though the idea of reading an economics text may bring to mind nightmarish visions of incomprehensible facts, figures and graphs, this book is refreshingly accessible and engrossing.  

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell 

Gladwell poses a provocative question in Outliers: why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential? Challenging our cherished belief of the "self-made man," he makes the democratic assertion that superstars don't arise out of nowhere, propelled by genius and talent: "they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot." Examining the lives of outliers from Mozart to Bill Gates, he builds a convincing case for how successful people rise on a tide of advantages, "some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky." 


Outliers can be enjoyed for its bits of trivia, like why most pro hockey players were born in January, how many hours of practice it takes to master a skill, why the descendents of Jewish immigrant garment workers became the most powerful lawyers in New York, how a pilots' culture impacts their crash record, how a centuries-old culture of rice farming helps Asian kids master math. But there's more to it than that. 

English 10 Honors Summer Reading

English 10 Honors Summer Reading 2018-2019  email for questions

Directions: Before entering your English 10th grade Honors class you are to read ONE of the following books. Expect a quiz on the first day on the book and you will be assigned to write a paper as your first assignment of your sophomore year.  

We are encouraging you to annotate the books, take notes as an open or closed note exam the first day of class is quite likely. All books are available used on Amazon or for free at your local public library. If the library doesn’t have the book in stock they will order it from downtown and have it within a week.  


All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque - The story is told through the eyes of a common German soldier during World War I. This novel traces the terrible cost of war and the transformation of boys from youthful, enthusiastic soldiers to survivors of this nightmare.  

Looking For Alaska by John Green-Miles has decided he needs to take risks in life, so he enrolls in a boarding school to escape his friendless and uneventful existence. There he meets a motley group of mischievous students, including his roommate Chip, aka "The Colonel" and troubled wild-child, Alaska, who becomes the object of his affection. There were several elements that I really enjoyed. 1) Miles' narrative voice, for both his innocence and his willingness to expand his horizons. 2) The characters' intelligence and resourcefulness. These kids are all smart in their own unique ways and use their talents in inspiring and sometimes misguided endeavors. 3) Green doesn't shy away from the realities teenagers face, including sex and substance use. 4) The Before and After format. Knowing that some significant event is going to occur allows for a sense of anticipation and drama. 5) Pranks!

Ap English Literature Summer Reading

 Dear Advanced Placement Literature Student: 


Congratulations on your decision to enroll in Advanced Placement Literature.  Most of you are AP Language students, so hard work, in depth writing, and extensive reading are nothing new.  In order to avoid reader’s/writer’s block in the fall and to keep you active as students during summer break, I am assigning two novels for summer reading.  You may purchase these paperbacks at any bookstore or check them out from your local library. I would recommend purchasing these books.  In this way, you can write in your book, highlight, or do whatever you do to understand what you read. 


In addition to the reading, you are also to complete a paper on one of the novels.  This will guarantee your seat in AP Literature.  Your work is required on the first day of class.  I am providing you a suggested topic for each novel; feel free to explore other choices.  You may develop your own topic as long as you show maturity and good judgment.  


Since the class is extremely competitive, it is important that your summer work is completed.  Discussion for the first few days of class will focus on these novels.  During this time, you may also have additional written assignments or tests on each novel.   


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1960) by Ken Kesey 

Write an essay discussing each of the three main characters and how he/she fits or does not fit their role. The hero, McMurphy, is presented as a traditional hero; a rebel, and at several points may be characterized as a Christ-like figure.  Nurse Ratched is the antagonist.  There are few characters in fiction easier to hate.  The narrator, Chief Bromden, is a severely ill patient that McMurphy somehow reaches.  In your discussion, consider McMurphy’s effect on Chief Bromden.  How does the Chief’s behavior mirror McMurphy’s efforts to bait Nurse Ratched and rouse the other patients? 


The Natural (1952) by Bernard Malamud 

The story of Roy Hobbs is an allegory based on the Arthurian legend of Percival and the hunt for the Holy Grail.  Write an essay discussing the modern mythical character of Roy Hobbs, connecting Roy Hobbs’ character and values with the Arthurian legend.  After a tragic event alters the course of his life, Hobbs has a second chance to achieve the dream for which he was destined.  Discuss the values and/or misplacement of values common to Hobbs and legendary heroes.  How does Malamud’s narrative style influence those values associated with the character? 


Be sure to closely examine both writers’ narrative styles and the values they have attached to their heroic characters.  Ken Kesey’s Cuckoo’s Nest is a watershed work that contains echoes of the bohemian/beatnik school of writing and presages the anti-Viet Nam, hippie ethic of the late 1960’s.  The Natural exemplifies those values found in early 20th century American society and the role placed on those heroes destined (or not) for greatness. 

Enjoy your summer reading. Should you have any questions, please feel free to come by and visit. 

Mr. A. Sacks