BHS Summer Reading & AP Coursework 2020
**Many changes due to COVID-19. Questions/problems? Contact the class teacher**
For YOUR Summer Reading Program, find and click on your in-coming (Fall Semester) grade level below. If you have questions or problems, contact the teacher of record directly.
AP Coursework is listed in alphabetical order following the Summer Reading links.
Where to get Summer Reading and/or AP books?
Check out a copy from the BHS LMC. Closed until August. See options below.
Find a digital/audio copy. Go to eBooks and Audiobooks on the BHS LMC home page; there are electronic books available from the BHS LMC, local public libraries, and other free or low-cost services.
Visit your local public library... library cards are always free and easy to get; curb-side pickup will be available June 15, 2020.
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: The BHS LMC will buy back your (gently used) copy for $5.00
If you are unable to get your Summer Reading book, contact your teacher directly. We will get you the materials you need --one way or another.
Work with your classroom teacher. This is a summer of changes; we'll be flexible.
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 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.
For more information on the books
See the annotated LISTS below and the English 9, English 9 Honors SR Book Trailers
English 10, English 10 Honors
English 10 Students:
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.
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." (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.
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:
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.
English 12 SR ARTICLES (open and scroll to read)
African American Literature students:
See these African American Literature files.
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.
AP Literature & Composition students:
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!