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Summer Reading and Course Work

Below are the Summer Reading lists, Reading Guides, and required summer work for some Spanish and Math courses.

When you return in the fall, you will begin working with your summer reading immediately. Within the first several days of school, you will be required to take a test or write a paper on your assigned books and to discuss or write about them in class. Your teacher in each of your courses will determine the form of assessment, and your work with your summer reading will count as part of your first quarter grade.
 

For your convenience books may be purchased at the St. Sebastian's Bookstore.

All-School Read

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels (ISBN: 9780399589829) by Jon Meacham

     (Students in Grades 7 & 8 should read the Introduction, Chapters 1 & 2, and the Conclusion.)


Spanish

For Spanish required Summer Reading, please locate the course you will be enrolled in 2019-2020:

Spanish 1B | Spanish 2 | Spanish 3 | Spanish 4 | Spanish 5

Spanish 4AP, Spanish 5AP and Spanish 6H students will receive their readings from Mr. Moore.
 

Mathematics

There is Summer Review required for students entering the following courses. Note the second row contains the answer key which you are encouraged to use.

Algebra 2 or Algebra 2H | PreCalculus H or PreCalculus Accelerated | Trig/Stats | BC Calculus

 

 

Algebra 2 Key | PreCalculus Key | Trig/Stats Key |

 

 

 

Grade 7

English

Summer Reading Guide
Holes by Louis Sachar (ISBN: 9780440414803)
Johnny Tremain by Ester Forbes (ISBN: 9780547614328)

Religion

Summer Reading Guide
The Power of the Powerless by Christopher De Vinck (ISBN: 9780824519742)

History

Summer Reading Guide
Great Hurricane of 1938 by Cherie Burns (ISBN: 978082142542)
 

Grade 8

English

Summer Reading Guide
The Pearl by Steinbeck (ISBN: 9780140177374)
A Separate Peace by John Knowles (ISBN: 9780743253970)

 

Religion

Summer Reading Guide
Bronze Bow by Speare (ISBN: 9780395137192)

History

Summer Reading Guide
Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff (ISBN: 9780312644291)
 

Grade 9

English

Summer Reading Guide
Unbroken by Hillenbrand (ISBN: 9780385742528)

Freshman Writing

Summer Reading Guide
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay (Young Readers Edition, Delacorte) (ISBN: 9780440239130)

Religion

Summer Reading Guide
Season of Life by Jeffrey Marx (ISBN: 9780743269742)
 

Grade 10

English

Summer Reading Guide
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (ISBN: 9780140186420)

In addition, choose one of the following:

The Natural by Malamud (ISBN: 9780374502003)
This Side of Paradise by Fitzgerald (ISBN: 9780486289991)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Haddon (ISBN: 9781400032716)
A Gathering of Old Men by Gaines (ISBN: 9780679738909)
Black Boy by Wright (ISBN: 9780061443084)
Legends of the Fall by Harrison (ISBN: 9780802126221)

Religion

Summer Reading Guide
Church Fathers & Teachers by Benedict XVI (ISBN: 9781586173173)

History

MEH H (Modern European History Honors)
Summer Reading Guide
Longitude by Dava Sobel (ISBN: 978-0007790166)

Mod Eu Hist (Modern European History)
Summer Reading Guide
Longitude by Dava Sobel (ISBN: 978-0007790166)

 

 

 

Grade 11

English

 

English 11
Summer Reading Guide
Slaughterhouse-Five by Vonnegut (ISBN: 9780385333849)

 

 

 

English 11 Honors
Summer Reading Guide
Lesson Before Dying by Gaines (ISBN: 9780375702709)
Slaughterhouse-Five by Vonnegut (ISBN: 9780385333849)

 

 

 

Religion

Summer Reading Guide
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (ISBN: 9780060652937)

 

History

U.S. History & U.S. History Honors
Summer Reading Guide
Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (ISBN: 9780345348104)

U.S. History AP
Summer Reading Guide
April 1865 by Jay Winik (ISBN: 9780060899684)
U.S. History Preparing for the AP Exam by Perfection Learning. (ISBN: 9781531116927).

 

Read Chapters 1-3.

 

English

Eng 12H Honors
Summer Reading Guide
The Road by McCarthy (ISBN: 9780307387899)

Eng Lng AP (AP Language & Composition)
Summer Reading Guide
Growing Up by Russell Baker (ISBN: 9780451168382)

Eng CW AP (AP Creative Writing)
Summer Reading Guide
Moveable Feast by Hemingway (ISBN: 9781439182710)

Eng Lit AP (AP Literature & Composition)
Anna Karenina by Tolstoy (ISBN: 9780143035008)
(Students should receive packet from Mr. Lynch and only read through Part Three)

Senior Writing
Summer Reading Guide
Outliers: Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (ISBN: 9780316017930)

Religion

Summer Reading Guide
A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt (ISBN: 9780679728221)

History

Gov't AP (U.S. Government AP)
Summer Reading Guide
Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin (ISBN: 9781476795928)

Adv. Hist H (Advanced Topics: US and the World in the 20th Century)
Summer Reading Guide
One Minute to Midnight by Michael Dobbs (ISBN: 9781400078912)