Upper School 2012

Upper School Summer Reading Requirements 2012

All students are required to read a minimum of three books over the summer.

  • For grades 9 and 10, one is assigned for English and one for history; the third should be from the independent reading list.
  • For grade 11, if the student is taking the History 11 sequence, one is still assigned for English and one for history; the third should either be an assigned reading for another AP or a choice from the independent reading list.
    • For 11th graders who are taking an AP history, they should replace the History 11 sequence selection with the AP assignment for their course.
  • 12th graders should read Name All the Animals, any required AP reading, and if that still doesn’t amount to three books, selections from the independent reading list.

One way or another—assigned, for an AP, or from the independent list—everyone must read at least three books this summer. All students should come to school in September prepared to discuss the books with their advisors and AP teachers. Students are encouraged, but are not required, to keep a reading journal while reading as a processing/memory aid.

Students enteringEnglishHistory_
Grade 9Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
Things Fall Apart
By Chinua Achebe
Grade 10The Lifeboat
by Charlotte Rogan
All Quiet on the Western Front
By Erich Maria Remarque
Grade 11The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
(see attached writing assignment)
The Other Side of the Sky: A
by Mir Tamim Ansany
Grade 12 (All Students)Name All the Animals
by Alison Smith
(see attached writing assignment)
Required AP book(s), and the remaining book(s) from the Independent List.
Grade 12 (AP English Students)In addition to Name All the Animals, students should read Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

Required AP Summer Reading 2012

AP Art and Portfolio Prep
Why Is a Painting Like a Pizza : a Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Modern
Art by Nancy Heller.
AP Art 2-D
A History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present; the George Eastman House Collection. edited by David Wooters and Therese Mulligan.   (will be given a handout.)

AP Biology
Genome by Matt Ridley
(see AP Biology Summer Reading Assignment)

AP Chemistry
Read the first two chapters of the textbook, Chemistry (Chang, 8th edition), with assigned problems. Contact Dr. Evans for details (mevans@harleyschool.org).

AP European History
Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King

AP Physics
Students who have not studied physics previously will receive a packet from Mr Thorley. Students who have completed a physics course already should investigate a topic of current research in physics (for example, the Higgs Boson, Dark Matter, this year's Nobel Prize, ...) and prepare a 15 minute in-class presentation for the second or third week of the school year. In this case, check with Mr Thorley regarding topic ideas.

AP Spanish
Crónica de una muerte anunciada by Gabriel García Márquez
(Recommended edition: Vintage Espaňol, Vintage Books (Division of Random House), ISBN: 1400034957)

AP US Government & Politics
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

AP U.S. History
See AP U.S. History Summer Assignments and AP U.S. History List of Suggested Movies for Summer Viewing