• 2019-2020 Summer Reading List


    AP Biology Summer Assignment

                First of all, I would like to say WELCOME to Advanced Placement Biology. This is a college-level course, and therefore, extremely intensive in the content and the pace.  Because we have so much to cover, and my expectations are that you have learned and retained certain concepts from other Science courses prior to taking AP Biology, you will have a summer assignment to allow us to move quickly through chapters on which you should already have a good grasp. 

    There are FOUR parts to your Summer Assignment:

    1. Read Chapters 1, 2, and 3 in the AP Biology textbook
    2. Outline Chapters 1, 2, and 3 (this can be typed or handwritten)
      1. On the back of this page is an example of how your outline should be laid out (NOT how much should be written). Keep in mind that each Chapter you read through should have its own heading, as well as each section having a heading and subheadings with sufficient content in each
    3. Complete the “Test Your Understanding” (TYU) assessment at the end of Chapters 1, 2, and 3 by writing the entire question, the letter of the correct answer, and the entire correct answer. Any short answer responses should be written using complete sentences.
      1. Chapter 1 TYU: 1-10 only
      2. Chapter 2 TYU: 1-11 only
      3. Chapter 3 TYU: 1-14 only
    4. Complete Take Home Test for Unit 1 (handwritten) *We will test over Unit 2 after you return from Summer Break!


    If you have ANY questions or issues over the summer, please feel free to email me at april.hunter@knoxschools.org.

    The summer work is due the FIRST FRIDAY of the school year.

    Good Luck and Have a Relaxing and Productive Summer!


    Outline Format Example

    Chapter 1- Introduction: Evolution and the Foundations of Biology

    • Inquiring About Life
      • Content you pull
      • Content you pull
      • Content you pull
    • Concept 1.1 The study of life reveals common themes
      • Content
      • Content
        • Content
        • Content
        • Content
        • Content
        • Content
        • Content


    And Continue on…. But, you should get the picture if how to approach the outline from this example.


    Of course, you can use your own symbols and annotations to help you better outline and organize the content, but it should have headings set up specifying where you are in the book with the content you are outlining.




    An alternate reading selection is available for any objectionable material.  If parents or students have any questions, they should email the teacher(s) of the courses or call the guidance office on Wednesday mornings and leave a message.   


    English I Honors


    Teacher:  Melissa Sandling   katherine.sandling@knoxschools.org


    *These pieces are to be read prior to the first day of class. Students will be tested on the material within the first week of the semester.


    Animal Farm by George Orwell


    This short novel shares the story of some animals who overtake a farmer and his land to work for themselves. What begins as an ideal setting gradually becomes one in which many of the inhabitants wish to leave.

    The allegorical value of this text will help build critical thinking skills.


    A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry


    Hansberry’s play invites us to the home of the Younger Family as they experience a profoundly emotional time: they are due to receive thousands of dollars from the late patriarch’s life insurance. As we witness their success and heartbreak, we also witness various styles of managing such events- and various plans for the use of said money.

    This piece has made a frequent appearance on the Advanced Placement Literature Examination.


    English II Honors


    Teachers: Eric Johnson  Ronald.johnson@knoxschools.org  

                      Miki Cates miki.cates@knoxschools.org

    1984 by George Orwell***

    Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever...

    "The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command." Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching...

    The Crucible by Arthur Miller***

    One of the true masterpieces of twentieth-century American theater, The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving, but that compels readers to fathom their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theatre can.

    A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway***

    Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield—weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep.


    English III Advanced Placement: Literature and Composition


    Teachers:  Traci Angelini    traci.angelini@knoxschools.org

                  Candace Hoskins  candace.hoskins@knoxschools.org


    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


    Pride and Prejudice is a romantic novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story charts the emotional development of the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, who learns the error of making hasty judgments and comes to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential. The comedy of the writing lies in the depiction of manners, education, marriage, and money during the British Regency period.


    The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien ***


    The Things They Carried (1990) is a collection of linked short stories by American novelist Tim O'Brien, about a platoon of American soldiers fighting on the ground in the Vietnam War. His third book about the war, it is based upon his experiences as a soldier in the 23rd Infantry Division.

    The Awakening by Kate Chopin

    The Awakening is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension.


    English IV Advanced Placement: Language and Composition

    Teacher:  Kim Hurst   kim.hurst@knoxschools.org


    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini ***


    The novel starts as an eloquent Afghan version of the American immigrant experience in the late 20th century, but betrayal and redemption come to the forefront when the narrator, a writer, returns to his ravaged homeland to rescue the son of his childhood friend after the boy's parents are shot during the Taliban takeover in the mid '90s. Student Resource Center. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2006.


    The Life of Pi by Yann Martel ***


    Pi Patel, a young man from India, tells how he was shipwrecked and stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger for 227 days. This outlandish story is only the core of a deceptively complex three-part novel about, ultimately, memory as a narrative and about how we choose truths. Student Resource Center. Detroit:  Thomson Gale, 2006.


    ***Excellent story; language and themes may be objectionable.



    Social Studies


    email michelle.steffey@knoxschools.org or pick up the assignment with guidance on Wednesdays or contact me to make arrangements.  

    APUSH Summer Assignment – 2019-2020

    Welcome to AP US History. Your first assignment for this class will be to complete the summer assignment. This needs to be completed and turned in by the first full day of school. Please take every precaution to ensure that this assignment is completed and turned in on time.

    CLARIFICATION: If you have APUSH SECOND semester, the summer assignment is due the first day of class SECOND semester! We recommend you do as much of the work as possible now, then take the few days between first semester final exams and the first day of second semester to actively review the summer materials to prepare for the first day exam! You will ONLY be tested on the textbook content.

    1. Sign out a copy of the textbook from Mrs. Webb or Ms. Potter before the end of the year. Make sure you sign the sheet and write your name in your book.

    The American Pageant, 13th Edition by Kennedy, Cohen, and Bailey

    1. Read the tips for taking notes and outlining on the back of this page.
    2. Read the attached article, The Colombian Exchange. Follow the instructions for taking margin notes and complete the activity on the back. We will use this in class the first day and it will be collected. This will teach you content and essential skills.
    3. Outline/take notes on Chapters 1-5 in American Pageant, using the reading guides and instructions in this packet. The outlines are to be handwritten and should be your own work. Your outlines will be graded and a test/quiz will be given the first week of school on the material. Following the instructions and using the reading guides will teach you how to take notes in APUSH – an essential skill for success. We don’t lecture on what you should already know from your reading assignments…..we spend class time discussing and clarifying concepts, working together on skills, and applying what you’ve learned from the reading assignments. We recommend that you start a spiral notebook now for textbook notes, which you will bring to class every day. You will also need a 3–ring binder for handouts. This packet will prompt and guide allowing you to practice different techniques for chapters one and two. You will need to choose the technique that works best for you on chapters three through five.
    4. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Purchase this AMSCO review book for APUSH

    Newman, John J. and Schmalbach, John M., United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination, Amsco School Publication.

    (Any edition is fine, although the 2015 edition has been significantly revised to support the redesigned APUSH curriculum. Do not spend over $20 for any version of the book.


    AP World History--Reeves 

    Students are to read “A Little History of the World" (Little Histories) by E.H. Gombrich and be prepared for an exam their first week of the class.