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Summer Assignment

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PACE AP WORLD HISTORY                                             Mr. Andrews
SUMMER READING for 2011-2012:


Students must read and outline chapters 1-5 of the class text.  The chapter outlines will be due the first day of class next year and will also be part of your first test.


AP World History text Book

Duiker, William J, et al.  World History 5th ed. Boston: Wadsworth    

        Publishing Inc., 2008.


Students are also required to choose one (1) book from either the NONFICTION list or the FICTION list. 


All of the books deal with different regions, time periods, and cultures however; they all also deal with some form of oppression.  It could be oppression of a person, a group, an idea, even an entity. Your task is to figure out who or what is being oppressed, why and how, and by who or what? On the first day of class, you will be required to hand in a 500 word (minimum) paper on the book of your choice using the following format.  You will also be expected to give a presentation about your book choice.

NON-FICTION BOOK REVIEW FORMAT: In each of the three sections you are writing I want you to infuse your answer with commentary on our theme which is oppression.

1) The first third is a description of the author's intent or purpose in writing the book and their thesis.  Describe how the author has done this.  Was there a need for this book? Who or what is being oppressed in this book? How, and by Who or what?

2) The second third of your review should describe how the author went about his/her task.  What kind of evidence did he/she rely on? What were the author's sources - or does he/she even let you know?  Does the author use intelligent graphics - pictures, tables, graphs, etc.?  Do they help clarify and add to the text, or are they padding, or just confusing, or poorly introduced.

3) The last third of your review is critical.  It is here that you evaluate his/her success.  Did the author persuade you?  Did the author really bore you, or anger you, or confuse you?  Would you recommend it to others, and why or why not?

FICTION BOOK REVIEW FORMAT:  In each of the three sections you are writing I want you to infuse your answer with commentary on our theme which is oppression.

1) Give a summary of the book (tell me the story) - Identify the main characters along with some basic information about them. Who or what is being oppressed in this book? How, and by Who or what? And why?

2) Relate the story to the period of world history and region/area described.  What did you learn that you didn't know?  Were you surprised by something? Compare and contrast to our culture. What effect is the oppression having on this person or group? What are they doing to cope or deal?

3) A short evaluation of the book (did you like it, good/bad, etc.)  Why did you like or dislike the book?



Bagdasarian, Adam

Forgotten Fire

“Drawing on his own great-uncle’s experiences, Bagdasarian covers the years 1915-1918 when a boy from a wealthy, well-respected family from Bitlis, Turkey, is stripped of everything simply because he is Armenian.”

Ali, Nujood  Minoui, Delphine Coverdale,Linda (Translator)


I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

Recently honored alongside Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice as one of Glamour magazine’s women of the year, Nujood now tells her full story for the first time. As she guides us from the magical, fragrant streets of the Old City of Sana’a to the cement-block slums and rural villages of this ancient land, her unflinching look at an injustice suffered by all too many girls around the world is at once shocking, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable.

Beah, Ishmael (Autobiography)


A Long Way Gone

This absorbing account by a young man who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone's civil war, goes beyond even the best journalistic efforts in revealing the life and mind of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare.


Hochschild, Adam

King Leopold's Ghost
"Hochschild's superb, engrossing chronicle focuses on one of the great, horrifying and nearly forgotten crimes of the century: greedy Belgian King Leopold II's rape of the Congo, the vast colony he seized as his private fiefdom in 1885." 

Diamond, Jared

Guns, Germs, and Steel
In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Jared Diamond explains the reasons why the Europeans have had the greater influence in world events.  Diamond relies on scientific fact rather than unfounded theories of European genetic superiority.


Mikaelsen, Ben

Tree Girl

In her remote Guatemalan village, 14-year-old Gabriela is known as Tree Girl for her habit of fleeing to the forest and climbing high to escape the world. When guerrilla warfare comes to her area, her life is changed forever. This moving and poetic based-on-fact novel explores personal grief and moral responsibility in the face of brutality.

See, Lisa


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

This novel is set in remote 19th-century China and details the deeply affecting story of lifelong, intimate friends (laotong, or "old sames") Lily and Snow Flower, their imprisonment by rigid codes of conduct for women and their betrayal by pride and love.

Markandaya, Kamala

Nectar in a Sieve
Rukmani, a peasant woman from India, lives a harsh life, full of many struggles.  She never loses her faith in life or her love for her children even though she battles cruel nature and desperate poverty.

Anand, Mulk Raj


Bakha is a young man, proud and even attractive, yet none the less he is an outcast in India's caste system: an Untouchable. In deceptively simple prose this groundbreaking novel describes a day in the life of Bakha, sweeper and toilet-cleaner, as he searches for a meaning to the tragic existence he has been born into - and comes to an unexpected conclusion. Mulk Raj Anand poured a vitality, fire and richness of detail into his controversial work, which led him to be acclaimed as his country's Charles Dickens and one of the twentieth century's most important Indian writers.



Jonathan Andrews,
Jun 9, 2011, 12:55 PM