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Summer Assignments 2022

Happy Summer, Prep Readers! It's time for some SSR--Sustained Summer Reading. Whether for pleasure or leisure, reading reinforces our Ignatian mission by promoting the ideals of a lifelong learner who is “open to growth” and “intellectually competent.” Summer reading also cultivates a community of learners by having a large and diverse group with disparate experiences and ideas share the same text. What learning comes from shared experience, and insightful, reflective conversation about that experience!

The History and English Departments have issued required summer reading for you. The departments have assigned a book per grade level. Go to each department’s summer reading tab to learn the specifics of each department’s requirements.

Also note that each department encourages you to “read beyond” the required readings. It is through reading that we learn more about ourselves and the human condition, often through characters whose journeys seem so different from ours. As you know, often it’s through embarking on a character’s intrepid, serpentine, magical, painful and self-fulfilling quest that we find common ground, a shared humanity. So, seek to discover more about yourself and the world around you through your reading this summer. In this quest for the magis, you are bound to have a great summer full of great books.

Also, the Math Department requires summer packets to be completed based on your 2022-23 course.

Be in touch with us if you have any questions.

AMDG,

Mr. Dave Fortin, History Department Chair
Mr. Andrew Fabry, Math Department Chair
Mr. Joe Hendrzak, Science Department Chair
Mr. Andrew Whelan, English Department Chair

One Book, One Prep

All students are required to read The Obstacle is the Way, The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, by Ryan Holiday. All adult members of the community are encouraged and invited to read this text as well. Students and Prep faculty and staff will engage in conversations regarding this book in the fall.

English Assignments

All students must read and annotate the One Book, One Prep selection of The Obstacle is the Way, The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, by Ryan Holiday. Your English teacher may opt to grade your annotations. You can find a link to the English Department's Annotation Guide below. Your English teacher may also choose to assess your knowledge and understanding of The Obstacle is the Way, The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph through class discussion, a quiz, a test, and/or an essay. If you have any questions, please contact the English Department Chair Andrew Whelan at awhelan@sjprep.org.
 
For those seniors accepted into AP Literature and Composition, they must read the "One Book, One Prep" selection AND Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro.

For those juniors accepted into AP English III, they must read the "One Book, One Prep" selection AND Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Those seniors will need to purchase either a paperback or hardbound copy of your assigned book and annotate that book using the Annotation Guide as a resource. This guide will serve as your instruction sheet for how to read your book actively and critically. Be sure to bring your annotated copy of the book with you to the first day of classes in September. Your English teacher will grade your annotations. These annotations will serve as a great aid to you during class discussions of the novel in the first week of school.

History Assignments

The History Department supports the idea of summer reading. Reading – whether for pleasure or for information – reinforces our Ignatian mission by promoting the ideals of a lifelong learner who is “open to growth” and “intellectually competent.” Summer reading also cultivates a community of learners by having a large and diverse group with disparate experiences and ideas share the same text. The History Department encourages students (and parents) to complement their reading with trips to local museums, battle sites, and places of historic value, as well as explorations of integrated websites and film portrayals.

REQUIRED READING
  • Freshmen
    World and APHG:  Stavridis, James. Sea Power. The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans (Penguin Books, 2017). ISBN: 978-0-7352-2061-4 
    NOTE:  the study guide is not mandatory--the book will be assessed in class through quizzes and other assessments.

    World History assignment
  • Sophomores
    US History:  Cather, Willa. My Ántonia. (Dover Thrift Editions, 1994).  ISBN: 978-0-486-28240-4

    US History assignment

    APUSH:  Marsh, Dawn G.  A Lenape among the Quakers: The Life of Hannah Freeman (University of Nebraska Press, 2014).  ISBN: 978-0-8032-7520-1

    APUSH assignment

    American Studies: Dunbar, Erica Armstrong.  She Came to Slay: The Life and Time of Harriet Tubman (Simon and Schuster (37 Ink), 2019).  ISBN: 978-1-9821-3959-9.  Reading will be assessed at the beginning of the school year.

  • Juniors
    Government/AP Government: Rothstein, Richard.  The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.  (W.W. Norton & Co., 2017).  ISBN: 978-1-63149-453-6

    Government assignment

  • Seniors
    AP Psychology: (No study guide-students will be given an assessment in the first week of class)

    Sacks, Oliver. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales (Vintage Press, 2021).  ISBN: 978-0593466674

    Honors Intro to Sociology:
    Honors Sociology assignment

Math Assignments

Below please find Review Packets for the following courses. Attention all freshmen (class of 2026): Please wait to receive your course approval before completing your math packet; approvals will be sent later this summer.
 
The following classes do NOT have Review Packets:
  • MAT 408 - AP Statistics
  • MAT 412 - Finite Mathematics with Application
  • MAT 414 - Algebraic & Financial Applications
  • MAT 416 - Introduction to Statistics

Religious Studies Assignments

Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors will not have required reading for Religious Studies. 

Mr. McGlynn recommends the following book for seniors in his classes. (All seniors will be taught by Mr. McGlynn at some point during senior year.)

Seniors:
When Bad Things Happen To Good People by Harold Kushner 
You will need to purchase either a paperback or hardbound copy of your assigned book and annotate that book using the Annotation Guide created by the Prep’s English Department as a resource. Bring your annotated copy of the book with you to the first day of classes in September. 

Mr. McGlynn may opt to grade your annotations. He may also choose to assess your knowledge and understanding of the readings through class discussion, a quiz, test and/or essay. 
If you have any questions please contact the Department Chair at pcallaghan@sjprep.org.

We hope you enjoy your summer and your summer reading!

Sincerely,
The Religious Studies Department

Science Summer Assignment

No Assignments