BHS Summer Reading & AP Coursework 2019
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For the Summer Reading Program, find and click on your in-coming (Fall Semester) grade level below.
AP Coursework is listed in alphatical order following the Summer Reading links.
Where to get Summer Reading and/or AP books?
Check out a copy from the BHS LMC. Stop by the LMC during Finals Week. SR and AP books would be due in the Fall.
Check out an eBook from the BHS LMC. Go to the LMC Catalog (you'll need your Destiny user name... see LMC for details)
Visit your local public library... library cards are always free and easy to get
Buy a copy from Book Beat Book Store (Greenfield & Lincoln; tel: 248.968.1190). BSD students receive a 10% discount.
Buy a copy online or from other traditional book suppliers, like Amazon. Note: BHS LMC will buy back your (gently used) copy for $5.00
This light-hearted video may address some of your questions and concerns.
English 9, English 9 Honors
In-coming 9th graders, i.e., future 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 Summer Reading (SR) 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 Honors Summer Reading (SR) Assignment and English 9 Honors (SR) Book Review below for more info.
For more information on the books:
for more information on the reading choices, see the English 9 SR Book Talk for Ms Spear's Powerpoint presentation; and the English 9 SR Book Trailers.
English 10, English 10 Honors
English 10 Students:
You must read at least one book from the English 10 SR LIST (link below). Complete the English 10 SR WORK SHEET (link below).
English 10 Honors Students:
First: all English 10 Honors students are required to read Chapters 1-19 of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. You may use the books provided to you by the school (these MUST be returned in good condition at the start of the school year) or you may purchase your own. Read the English 10 HONORS SR ASSIGNMENT. In addition, consult the ENGLISH 10 HONORS SR WORK ASSIGNMENT (links below.)
Second: you must read a 2nd book of your own choice. It is recommended that you choose a title suggested in the English 10 Honors Assignment. See the English 10 Honors Assignment (link) below.
See also the English 10 Summer Reading BOOK TRAILERS (link below) for a video overview of the SR titles.
English 11, English 11 Honors
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" LINK.
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.
English 12, African American Lit, AP Language, AP Literature, Project Advance
- 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 read at least one book on the theme of revisions of truth: re-evaluating dominant narratives. See English 12 Summer Reading INFO for more details (link below).
It is recommended that you select the book from the English 12 Summer Reading LIST (links below.)
African American Literature students:
See these African American Literature files.
AP Language & Composition students:
Welcome, A.P. Language and Composition students!
Over the summer, you must:
1. Read the book In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
2. Listen to 3 (selected) podcast episodes
3. Complete a homework assignment related to the above
AP Literature & Composition students:
You must read How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas Foster as well as a 2nd book from the short list included in the AP Summer Reading Assignment (see link below).
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.
Algebra 2 Summer Assignment
Attention students taking Algebra 2 in the fall:
Please complete the Algebra 2 Review sheet below prior to the start of school.
AP Biology Summer Project
Please read Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin and complete the attached assignment before Fall Semester classes begin.
See assignment below.
AP Physics Summer Assignment
Public Library Summer Reading Programs
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!