Dublin School Summer Assignments
2016 - 2017

Because we believe in the power of the habit of independent reading, the continual quest for knowledge, and the development of skill in reading and thinking, books are assigned by Dublin School over the summer. We hope the experience will be inspiring and fun, and we encourage families to share reading and discussion. 

There is an assignment for each English class. International students should read the book(s) for the grade of the English course (not ESL) they will be taking. Books will be discussed in English classes upon our return to school in September. We encourage parents to read this assignment as well. All students should read actively, taking notes in the margins and/or highlighting as they go, recording thoughts, reactions, and questions, and be ready to write on the assigned books in the first days of class in September. Students should bring their copies of all summer books to school in September. There are assignments for AP classes, as well, some of which are due on August 15. 

We hope that all students will have the leisure to read books of their own choice purely for pleasure, as well!

 If you have any questions, please email Sarah Doenmez, Academic Dean, at sdoenmez@dublinschool.org or call 603-563-1296.

English Courses

English 9:  Students must read and annotate The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

English 10:  Students must read and annotate The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima and Good Morning Midnight by Jean Rhys.

English 11:  Students must read and annotate The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien and Drown by Junot Diaz.

AP English Language and Composition:  See AP section.

AP Literature and Composition:  The summer reading and writing assignment can be found here.

English 12 Elective Summer Assignments:

English 12: Introduction to Creative Writing, Poetry Workshop:  Students must read and annotate the first lecture from The House that Jack Built and Spicer's book "Billy the Kid" from (found in) My Vocabulary Did This To Me.

English 12: Self, Sexuality, and Society: Students must read and annotate Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans (all of the short stories in this collection).

Spanish Courses

Book: Great Spanish and Latin American Short Stories of the 20th Century/Grandes cuentos españoles y latinoamericanos del siglo XX: A Dual-Language Book (Dover Dual Language Spanish) ISBN-10: 0486476243ISBN-13: 978-0486476247


For students entering Spanish Levels 1 & 2:  Read one or more of the short stories. Please take notes (which may be in English) on the story to give to your teacher on the first day of class.

For students entering Spanish Levels 3 and above:  Read three short stories. Take notes in Spanish to give to your teacher on the first day of class. (Your Spanish does not have to be perfect; please use your own best Spanish but do not use googletranslator or another translator.) You will be assessed on your comprehension in class. (You will also continue to read short stories from the same text throughout the year.) 

Beginning Readers: Read the English text completely through first. Then read the Spanish text page-by-page while referring to the English. Finally, read the whole Spanish text again, but this time without looking at the English.

Intermediate Readers: Read the Spanish text page-by-page while referring to the English. Then read the whole Spanish text again, but this time without looking at the English. 

Advanced Readers: Read the Spanish text through first. Then go back and read the English to see how the ideas were expressed and translated.

Senior Project

Please see attached.

AP Courses

AP Spanish

Book: Great Spanish and Latin American Short Stories of the  20th Century/Grandes cuentos españoles y latinoamericanos del siglo XX: A Dual-Language Book (Dover Dual Language Spanish) 

Assignment: Please read all stories. Take one page of notes on each story in Spanish to hand in on the first day of class.

AP Latin

Read Vergil's Aeneid in English.                         

AP U.S. History

Book:  A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn


Part I:  Read Chapters 1-6

As you read, please create a “reading guide” or outline for each chapter. This should include the following components:

  1. Title of the chapter
  2. What is the thesis, or main argument of the chapter?
  3. Indicate at least three examples Zinn uses to support his thesis.
  4. Do you think the title is appropriate for the chapter? Why or why not?
  5. As you read, take note of your reactions or any questions that arise from the chapter’s content. Specifically consider elements that challenge your previous knowledge or assumptions about the topic (and write them down). 

Please use complete sentences in your reading guide. 

Part II: Map Assignment

  1. Draw (or trace) a blank map of the United States. In black ink label the fifty states. You may use the state abbreviations to do this.
  2. Draw or shade in the following bodies of water in blue and label in black ink: Five great lakes, Mississippi River, Rio Grande River, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico.
  3. Draw the following mountains in brown and label in black ink: Appalachian and Rocky.
  4. Create a key in the bottom right hand corner of the map (label it as KEY‖).
  5. Draw the boundary lines in a color (other than black) and shade using appropriate colors or designs to demonstrate the original Thirteen Colonies.
  6. Label Canada and Mexico in black ink.
  7. Feel free to add creative flourishes, colors or shading beyond these instructions as long as your map is legible. The size of the map is up to your discretion, but should be at least 8 by 10 inches. 

AP European History


  • The Cold War, A New History by John Lewis Gaddis ISBN: 0143038273
  • The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carre

Film: Choose ONE of the following you have not seen:

  • The Third Man 1949
  • On The Beach 1959
  • Fail Safe 1964
  • Manchurian Candidate 1962 version
  • The Falcon and The Snowman 1985
  • The Hunt For Red October 1990
  • Dr. Strangelove 1964


  1. Write a 3-4 page summary of the major points in Gaddis which intrigue you and make you wonder further. It is fine to include questions.
  2. Write a 3 page comparison of the novel and the film. What do these reveal about the dynamics of the Cold War and how they affected people and their thinking?

AP Biology

Book: GULP by Mary Roach

Assignment:   Summer Assignment & Review Questions

AP Chemistry

Assignment: Review Packet attached.

AP Physics

Book: Physics: Principles with Applications: 6th (sixth) Edition by Douglas C. Giancoli  

Assignment: Read the first four chapters of the class text.

It is an important skill to be able to actually read a textbook first time through without agonizing over details. Enjoy the concepts. Follow the logic. Take notes on each chapter to hand in on the first day of class.

AP Environmental Studies

  • Complete the math pages, by hand, in pencil, without a calculator, due the first day of class.
  • You will have a math test in the first week of class- the AP exam does not allow calculators so you need to refresh your mind on how to complete math problems using your mind, pencil and paper.
  • Read The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.  
  • Write a reflection on The Sixth Extinction, also due, printed, on the first day of class.

Book: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

Assignment: Math Packet & Handout

AP Calculus

Book: Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic (3rd edition) by Finney, Demana, Waits and Kennedy, ISBN 0-13-201408-4.  

The following is your assignment for the summer.  It will count for 10% of your term grade and is due at the beginning of our first class meeting, subject to penalties for lateness.  There will be a test on this material in the first week of class.  None of it should be new to you, as it is all algebra review.


Section 1.1, Problems #9, 12, 14, 17, 21, 24, 26, 27, 29, 32, 36, 37, 41, 42, 43, 54, 57

Section 1.2, Problems #2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 17, 20, 24, 27, 33, 39, 43, 47, 50, 52, 55, 56, 72

Section 1.3, Problems #6, 7, 9, 13-18, 22, 23, 25-7, 31, 32, 36, 38, 44, 46

Section 1.5, Problems #2, 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 18, 24, 33, 36, 37, 42, 44, 46, 61

Section 1.6, Problems #1, 4, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16, 18, 21, 28, 29, 31, 33, 38, 39, 42, 62

Present your solutions neatly and show all work.  If you are comfortable with this material, you will be in good shape to begin AP Calculus.  I look forward to seeing you in September.

AP Computer Science

Assignment:  online course via Schoology. Contact Mr. Cox

AP Language and  Composition

Books: The Glass Castle and In Cold Blood


  • Keeping your dialectical journal from the start will benefit you.
  • Dialectical journals are due the first day of classes. You may type or hand-write these.
  • Your two essays (in PDF, Drive, or Word format) are due to me by 11:59pm on August 15. If you do not submit your essays by that deadline, you will not be registered for APELAC.
  • Please reach out with questions or concerns once you take a break, enjoy the start of summer, and dive into your summerassignments! I am reachable via e-mail. I also welcome any follow-up questions from today.
  • Here are the slides that you could not see today (due to projector malfunction).

Welcome to AP English Language and Composition! You can look forward to a fun and intellectually challenging year ahead. Although you already know the required summer reading books for this course, the following is the written component of your summer assignment. Please note that the journals and essays will count as a significant portion of your fall trimester grade, and failure to turn them in will result in a schedule change out of the course. 

Part I: Dialectal Journals As you read, keep a separate dialectical journal for each book. These journals will consist of quotations to which you respond critically for each work. Journals may be hand written or typed, and are due at the start of class on the first day of classes. Please label and date journals appropriately. Select one quotation or passage for approximately every 20 pages. As you respond to the quotations, focus on the ways in which the author uses language to create an effect. What is it about the language that stands out and makes the passage distinctive? How does the passage reflect the author’s style and reveal larger themes of the work? I expect responses to be developed thoughtfully and intellectually. Responses should be approximately 60 words in length. The dialectical journals should be constructed in the following manner: Quote Response “Write the quote from the book in this column using proper MLA parenthetical citation” (200). Your response and analysis of the passage should be written on the opposite side of the page. For this column, you have several ways to respond to a text. You should not try to cover too many categories, as each response should be around 60 words in length: --Raise questions about the beliefs and values implied in the text --Give your personal reactions to the passage --Discuss the words, ideas, or actions of the author or a character --analyze the use of language or author’s purpose --Tell what it reminds you of from your own experiences --Argue with or speak to the character or author. 

Part II: Essays--Both are due August 15th by 11:59pm, submitted by email to: rjennings@dublinschool.org 

The Glass Castle Argument Essay

Select ONE of the quotes from below and argue whether or not you agree (defend), disagree (challenge), or qualify (agree in some aspects but disagree in others) the assertion. Your answer should include examples from the memoir’s contents, your personal experiences, and/or what you have learned previously (through reading or historical examples). Your response should be 500-750 words, typed, double-spaced in 12 point Times New Roman (or similarly sized) font. Your response should contain an inviting introduction with clear argument, supporting body paragraphs, and a satisfying conclusion. Keep in mind to include examples from the text, from your personal experience, and/or examples from other books you have read or from history. As you compose your response, please consider the following: • Make sure you cite the page numbers (in parenthesis) when you cite The Glass Castle. • Provide specific evidence from personal observation, experience, and/or reading to support your position. • Note its complexity (nuances) and forge connections between your position and that of the writer. Resist the immature temptation of oversimplification! • Provide a conclusion that does not merely summarize, but rather addresses the “so what?” issue: How should educated, informed citizens continue to think about the issue at hand? How will it continue to influence readers’ lives?

Prompts: (Select 1 to respond to in your essay): “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.” Anne Frank “We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world” Helen Keller “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln “Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” Ben Franklin “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” Booker T. Washington 

In Cold Blood Rhetorical Analysis Essay 

“Mountains. Hawks wheeling in a white sky” (Capote, 107-108; 110) . Two segments of text found in the middle of the “Person’s Unknown” section (on pages 107-113) of In Cold Blood offer distinct points of view on the same span of time.* These passages also represent, as well as any passage of text in the book, Truman Capote’s style: his diction, syntax, and selection and arrangements of detail makes these passages powerfully provocative and expressive. But given the presence of these two accounts, there is a question that begs to be asked: “What is the impact of the juxtaposition of these two related-but-distinct accounts of the same time span?” 

The assignment: Write an essay (~750 words) that explains the presence of these two representations of the same time span in In Cold Blood. Account for the content and stylistic differences in the two representations of the time span. Focus on language features that distinguish each version; consider the author’s purpose. This means that you will need to cite and discuss sentences, words and phrases (language) that support and illustrate your argument. *The first passage begins, “The car was parked on a promontory...” and ends, “Ahead of him, on the dusty road, he saw a dog trotting along in the warm sunshine.” The second passage begins, “Mountains. Hawks wheeling in a white sky...” and ends, “‘Boy! We sure splattered him!’” 

A note about academic honesty, integrity and grit: You chose to enroll in a college-level course in order to take on a significant academic and intellectual challenge. AP English Language and Composition is an incredibly rewarding class, but also requires a great deal of time, effort and commitment. Because you are asked to read, analyze, explain, and interpret the items we are reading in the course of the year, it is important that you do not substitute Cliffs Notes, SparkNotes, or other summaries or condensations (or your classmates’ summaries), nor should you rely on the movie versions of the books, since they are often different. The best way to be successful with this assignment, or any other assignment during the next year, is to read the texts carefully and thoughtfully. The bottom line is that you must do all the reading assignments; therefore, be sure to begin summer reading early in order to complete the assignments on time. Those students who wait until August to begin the summer reading often cannot give the reading assignment the full concentration it requires. If you find yourself resorting to shortcuts this summer, that’s a good indication that you should change your schedule to include a non-AP English course. You should also be prepared for writing/quizzes/tests on any of the books read this summer. (Keeping a good journal would be very helpful for your tests and/or quizzes.)

AP Literature

Books: Love in the Time of Cholera and A Streetcar Named Desire


Due Date: AUGUST 19TH


Part 1. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez This puppy is over 300 pages long so be sure to give yourself a good two weeks to read. Annotate as you go, and look up words you do not know. <3

Why you should read this book and not merely sparknote it :

(1) I will be able to tell, and your grade will suffer.

(2) Garcia-Marquez is a genius. He won the Nobel Prize. He will change your life. 

(3) The protagonist, Florentino, has over 622 physical relationships with various women over the course of the narrative; however, he still asserts he is saving his spirit for his true love. Are you hooked yet?

Writing Assignment:

Write a one page (single-spaced, 12 point font) analysis for three of the following four free response options. Although a free response allows you to use the first person and is by design more casual than an essay assignment, please do check your grammar and use a minimum of two examples of textual support for each. By all means, you may use the third person if you wish. This assignment mimics a weekly writing assignment. I will grade you on the creativity of your argument, your syntax, and your close reading of the text.

  1. Discuss Florentino. Is he a misogynist? A romantic? A spoiled pseudo-gigolo? A sex addict? A nice guy you would play chess with on a warm summer’s day? Do you find him repulsive or sympathetic?
  2. What do you think is Garcia-Marquez’s hypothesis on love? Is it murderous? A sickness? Avoidable? Inevitable? Is there a difference between physical and mental lust?
  3. Provide your reading of Florentino’s relationships with the 14 year old. Why would Garcia- Marquez include this incident so late in Florentino’s life?
  4. Compare and contrast the end scene to the novel’s first scene. What major allusions, themes, and imagery cycle through the text?

Part 2: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Pick one of the following and write a double-spaced, 3 page essay (with title, header, page numbers, MLA format, formal language, and a clear thesis):

  1. When the doctor escorts Blanche out of the house, Blanche delivers her famous line: “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Why does she say this? Do you think this departure is a defeat or victory for Blanche? Is she capable of living within the reality of her situation?
  2. What do you think is Williams’ hypothesis on love? Is it murderous? A sickness? Avoidable? Inevitable? Is there a difference between physical and mental desire?
  3. Topic of your choice.

Non-Required (Yet So Tempting) Reading*

  1. This group of letters on how to love and exist in the world as an artist: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainier Maria Rilke
  2. This novel wherein the protagonist is having a sexual affair with another character (whose gender and sex we NEVER explicitly know): Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
  3. This Poem

*Reading these will not result in extra credit. It may result in the expansion of your soul.