BHS Summer Reading & AP Coursework 2020

For YOUR summer reading program, find your Fall Semester grade level below.  If you have questions or problems, contact the teacher directly.


Where to get  Summer Reading and/or AP books?

  • Check out a copy from the BHS LMC

  • Find a digital/audio copy. Go to eBooks and Audiobooks on the BHS LMC home page

  • Buy a copy from Book Beat Book Store- BSD students receive a 10% discount.

  • Buy a copy online or from other bookstores

  • If none of these options work, contact your teacher directly

In-coming 9th gradersfutur (e English 9 students):

Your summer reading assignment is to read at least one book from the English 9 Summer Reading LIST (See link below.)  In the Fall, you will be asked to reflect upon and write about this book.  See the English 9 and English 9 Honors Assignment (link below) for more info.

English 9 Honors students:

You must read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by  Sherman Alexie and then a 2nd book of your choice from the English 9 Honors SR List.  See the English 9 and Eng 9 Honors SR ASSIGNMENT below.  See also the English 9 Honors SR Book Review for more information on your final, written assignment.

PDF DocumentEnglish 9 SR LIST
PDF DocumentEnglish 9 Honors SR LIST
External LinkEnglish 9, English 9 Honors SR Book Trailers

PDF DocumentEnglish 9 and English 9 Honors SR ASSIGNMENT

PDF DocumentEnglish 9 Honors SR Book Review



English 10 Students:

You must:
a) Listen to/read the “Introduction” from Speeches That Shook the World by Richard Greene. See LINK below.
b) Listen to/read two (2) speeches from selections provided. See the WORK SHEET.
c) Complete the English 10 SR WORK SHEET.  See the LINK below.

English 10 Honors Students:

All English 10 Honors students are required to read Chapters 1-19 of Great Expectations  by Charles Dickens.   You should be able to find a copy at your public library and/or download a digital copy from various eBook providers.  

a) View the Intro to Great Expectations, video link below.
b) Complete the English 10 Honors SR Requirements, link below.


PDF DocumentEnglish 10 SR Intro...Words that Shook the World (read first)
PDF DocumentEnglish 10 SR Work Sheet

PDF DocumentEnglish 10 Honors SR Requirements
External LinkEnglish 10 Honors SR Intro to Great Expectations


English 11 Students:

Congratulations on completing your tenth grade year! In preparation for your eleventh grade English class, all students enrolled (or planning on enrolling in English 11) have a summer assignment. This year we are offering a choice of two options. Both options require students to engage with text and/or media and complete a follow-up assignment. You need to complete option 1 OR option 2. You are NOT required to do BOTH. See the English 11 Summer Reading Directions below.

In addition, we hope that you continue to read widely and deeply during these warm months.  For suggestions for books to read, visit "Outstanding Books for the College-Bound." (See also link below)

English 11 HONORS Students:

You must read 1984 by George Orwell.  (If you read a 2nd book, good for you :-)  See the English 11 HONORS Summer Reading ASSIGNMENT (link below) for more details.


PDF DocumentEnglish 11 Summer Reading DIRECTIONS (Read this first)
PDF DocumentEnglish 11 Option 1: Summer Reading
PDF DocumentEnglish 11 Option 2: Summer Viewing and Nonfiction

PDF DocumentEnglish 11 HONORS Assignment

External LinkEnglish 11 BOOK TRAILERS

External LinkOutstanding Books for the College Bound

Students of:

  • English 12
  • African American Literature
  • AP Language  & Composition
  • AP Literature & Composition
  • PA (Project Advance) 

See your appropriate class/es below.

English 12 students:

Your summer reading assignment is to:
1) view at least two (2) videos (embedded links in the Assignment below) and
2) read at least four (4) articles (see English 12 SR ARTICLES below) and
3) complete an evidence interpretation chart for each (in Assignment below; Word Doc version is editable) 

See the English 12 Summer Reading Assignment for more details.

PDF DocumentEnglish 12 SR Assignment
Google FormsEnglish 12 SR Assignment (as Google Form...can edit charts)
Word DocumentEnglish 12 SR Assignment (as Word Doc...can edit charts) 

PDF DocumentEnglish 12 SR ARTICLES (open and scroll to read)

African American Literature students:

See  these African American Literature files.

PDF DocumentAfrican American Literature SR Assignment
PDF DocumentAfrican American Literature Chimamnda...
PDF DocumentAfrican American Literature Commonlit...
PDF DocumentAfrican American Literature Prologue
PDF DocumentWhy I Teach Black Literature

AP Language & Composition students:

Welcome, AP Language and Composition students!

Over the summer, you must:
1. Read the book How to Read Nonfiction like a Professor -- Thomas C. Foster
2. Listen to 6 (selected) podcasts/writings
3. Complete a homework assignment related to the above

See the AP LANG ASSIGNMENT flyer below for more details. 

PDF DocumentAP Lang Assignment

AP Literature & Composition students:

AP Summer Reading Assignment (see link below).

AP Lit

PA (Project Advance) English 12 students: 

The summer reading and viewing assignment asks you to consider how genre and medium affect the content of informational texts.  See the Project Advance attachment  below for more details.  See Mr. Cierpial's or Mr. Duffy's web pages to access the essays and other files you'll need to work with.

PDF DocumentPA (Project Advance) Summer Reading Assignment

Attention students taking Algebra 2 in the fall:

Please complete the Algebra 2 Review sheet below prior to the start of school.

Algebra 2 Review

Please read Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin and complete the attached assignment before Fall Semester classes begin.

PDF DocumentAP Biology Summer Assignment 2018

Please read the Welcome statement, the text The Making of a Scientist, and complete the assignment.

PDF DocumentAP Physics Summer Assignment Welcome
PDF DocumentThe Making of a Scientist
PDF DocumentAP Physics Summer Assignment To Do

Your local public libraries have summer reading fun, too. They offer movies, programs, prizes, and more. It's all free and it's all good. Check 'em out!

PDF DocumentBerkley Public Library Teens Summer Reading Program
PDF DocumentBerkley Public Library Teen Reading Log

PDF DocumentHuntington Woods Public Library Summer Reading Program