Required Summer Reading
for Honors / AP Classes

These books are required summer reading* for students who have been accepted into an Honors or AP level course for the 2010-2011 school year. Be sure to download the Complete Requirements for your class and read them carefully.
9th grade English  | 10th grade English | 11th grade English/American Studies  | 12th grade English | AP Government AP Art History AP Biology  | AP Spanish | AP French
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9th Grade Honors English
Complete Requirements | Study Guide 

Edith Hamilton, Mythology (1942)
(parts one, two, and three only)
A collection of Greek, Roman, and Norse myths retold by the author.

Study Guide Required - Download here or pick up a paper copy in the WAHS Guidance office. Due when you return to school in the fall.

11th Grade AP / Honors American Studies
(= Hon. English 11 + AP U.S. History)
Complete Annotations and Requirements

John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five or, The children's crusade--a duty-dance with death (1969)

John L. Lewis, Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement (1998) (parts I - VI) 

10th Grade Honors English
Complete Requirements | Frankenstein Study Guide | Life of Pi Study Guide

You may choose to read EITHER:  

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818)
Victor Frankenstein discovers the secret of creating life and fashions an eight-foot monster who is rejected by society. 
Yann Martel, Life of Pi (2001)
Pi Patel, having spent an idyllic childhood in Pondicherry, India as the son of a zookeeper, sets off with his family at the age of sixteen to start anew in Canada, but his life changes when their ship sinks in the Pacific. 

Study Guide Required - Download above or pick up a paper copy in the WAHS Guidance office. Due when you return to school in the fall.

  AP Government

Hardball by Chris Matthews (1988)
Complete requirements

Matthews defines the title term: "Hardball is clean, aggressive, Machiavellian politics. It is the discipline of gaining and holding power, useful to any profession or undertaking, but practiced most openly and unashamedly in the world of public affairs." Read the book carefully and be prepared to take a quiz during the second week of school.

The U.S. Constitution
Complete requirements

The text (interactive, with explanations) is available online at The Constitution Center . Read and complete the questions to hand in the first day of class in the fall.  

12th Grade AP English
Complete Requirements

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813) Austen's subtle satire of early nineteenth-century English society, especially its class snobbery and customs relating to courtship and marriage.

George Orwell,  1984 (1948).
Orwell's dystopian vision of the year 1984, as depicted in what many consider to be his greatest novel. A dystopia is a an attempt at utopia gone horribly wrong.

AP Art History 
Note: These are SUGGESTED titles for OPTIONAL summer reading. Choose either one to help prepare you for success in the class.

Carol Strickland, The Annotated Mona Lisa: a Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern (2007)
A survey of art history from cave painting to conceptual art, featuring page-length essays, sidebars, time lines, and annotated photographs and reproductions that provide succinct information about important works and artists.  

Harvey Rachlin, Scandals, Vandals, and daVinci: a Gallery of Remarkable Art Tales (2007)
A collection of true stories recounting the behind-the-scenes scandals, secrets, and unique circumstances surrounding the creation and survival of twenty-six legendary works of art.

AP Biology
The Human Anatomy Project will serve as the basis of our study of human anatomical systems. This research project will be due the second day of class in August, and will be weighted as a test grade. Please read the Complete Requirements for details.
These resources will help you with this project:
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Look up your body system by name. For a diagram, click on Science-related Tools on the right of the home page.
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Articles in Body by Design will be especially helpful.
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This Biology eBook has info on all the body systems

  AP French

Virtual Virginia Requirements

Strongly Recommended:  

L'Etranger (The Stranger) (1942)
by Albert Camus

to be read only in French on your honor. Folio Edition preferred. You may of course use a dictionary.

Considered one of the most important works of modern literature, L'Etranger relates the story of Meursault, a quiet, ordinary clerk in Algiers who, caught in the grip of forces he does not understand, commits a murder. That Meursault, who must face condemnation at the hands of a society that requires an illogical conformity to its rules, is able to face the abusurdity of his existence, to challenge it, and finally to accept his fate marks him as Camus' modern hero.*

Recommended: take notes on each character, theme, plot, striking quotes.

AP Spanish

Viaje a la tierra de mi abuelo por Mario Bencastro   (2004)

Toda la informacion sobre el libro (incluyendo donde comprarlo) y los articulos que tienes que leer se pueden encontrar en www.wahsap.wordpress.com bajo Lecturas del verano.   


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