Summer Assignments

Students in all four grade levels are required to complete English department reading assignments before the first day of school.

In addition, if you are enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year in any of the other classes listed below, you are required to complete specific summer work in this area. Please check each subject area below for links to download instructions and worksheets.

English

English Department - Summer Reading

Students in all four grade levels are required to complete reading assignments before the first day of school. The purpose of summer reading is to help establish a common literary experience for discussion to set the stage for the year’s guiding principle. To that end, students are asked to read and annotate a series of texts throughout their time away from school, and they should be prepared to return to school and use these annotated texts for in-class discussions and written assessments.

Read more about SUMMER READING from the English Department.

Math

Math Department

AP Calculus AB and BC

This purpose of the assignment is to ensure that lessons learned in PreCalculus can be applied in a way that will become important when learning Calculus. Due to the intensive pace of these AP Calculus classes, it is important that we maximize our time on the new material.

DOWNLOAD AP CALCULUS AB and BC SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS

AP Statistics

Science

Science Department

AP Biology

The purpose of this summer assignment is establish a ground floor understanding of basic concepts so that we can hit the ground running in the fall. AP Biology is a very fast paced class and we will be moving through a lot of material at a rapid pace. Use this assignment as an honest self-reflection to help you prepare for the upcoming school year. If you don’t know an answer to a particular question or how to solve a specific equation, refer to the corresponding pages/chapter in your Biology in Focus textbook to see where you’re getting stuck.

DOWNLOADS:

AP BIOLOGY INSTRUCTIONS
AP BIOLOGY SUMMER ASSIGNMENT
AP BIOLOGY KEY

AP Chemistry

AP Environmental Science

Students will familiarize themselves with most of the chemicals (elements, ions, and compounds) that will be studied in AP Environmental Science. These chemicals will all be discussed in the very first unit on Biogeochemical Cycles and Energy Flow and any pollutants will also be discussed at many points of the year. The largest component of the AP Environmental Science exam is pollution.

Students will also learn differences between developed and developing countries and issues most likely to be faced by people living in those countries and the organisms that inhabit environments of those countries. This information will provide the background for students to understand conservation issues in more depth and how the world is changing in the 21st Century.

Students are also encouraged to make a study guide for the test. This skill will be important throughout the APES class and in other college-level courses as students have more success when they organize and personalize their studying.

DOWNLOAD AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE ASSIGNMENT HERE

AP Physics 1

AP Physics C

Social Studies

Social Studies Department

AP Economics

AP Psychology

The summer assignment is designed as a pre-learning activity to help establish a common starting point for the history, approaches, and research methods of psychology. The goal of this self-guided reading works almost like a “speed round” through the course introductory materials, which allows us to establish a common starting point for our discussion, and maximize the time that we spend on more advanced concepts throughout our year of study in closer detail.

DOWNLOAD AP PSYCHOLOGY SUMMER ASSIGNMENT

AP U.S. Government and Politics

AP U.S. History

World History Honors

Technology & Business

World Languages

World Languages Department

AP French Language & Culture

AP Latin

AP Spanish Language & Culture

AP Spanish Literature & Culture

1. Study the Glossary of Literary Terms for the AP Spanish and Culture Course. Go over the Literary History and Literary vocabulary.

2. Review the slide presentation on how to read and analyze a literary essay. This is to help you on how to write your analysis.

3. Read The Origins of our Language: Castilian and its literature in the middle ages and analyze it. Use MLA format.

4. Read Count Lucanor: The Infant Don Manuel and analyze it. Use MLA fromat

5. Required reading list. There are 38 readings form different Spanish authors. Get familiar with the names and authors. Use Quizlet.

Have a happy summer with your family. I hope you like these readings and start enjoying the literature in Spanish. You can contact me at if you have any questions at fyanine@bishopoconnell.org. I will be at the University of Salamanca from July 1 through July 15, 2017.

VIEW AND DOWNLOAD DOCUMENTS BELOW:

Summer Assignment Instructions
Glossary of Literary Terms
Slide Presentation
Marco histórico y cultural
El conde Lucanor
Required Reading List