Summer Assignments 2022

Summer Assignments and reading 2022

Summer Work

Some courses require additional work in the summer in order to prepare for the course.  The teachers of these courses have submitted this material which has been approved by their respective department chairs.   Please note that summer work based on previously learned material (i.e., review of foundational concepts) may be assessed for a grade within the first cycle of the course.  Summer work based on new material may not be assessed for a grade prior to E day of the first cycle.  For the 2022-23 school year, Tuesday, Sept. 6 is the first E day.

The following courses have submitted summer work for 2022:

  • Advanced Arabic IV
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP French Language
  • AP Latin
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Literature
  • AP Studio Art
  • AP US History

Please use the following link to access the documents for your respective course: Summer Assignments 2022


Summer Reading

As we close the 2021-22 school year, I wanted to take a moment and reach out about our summer reading goals for 2022. In recent years, we have had great success with our choice reading and workshop models in grades 7-9. This upcoming year, we are expanding into the 10th grade as well. However, we wanted to use this model as a basis for schoolwide summer reading moving forward.

During the course of the summer, students are expected to choose 2-3 books from the grade level lists posted on BNC Services and below. You do not need to buy all of the books on the list. Your son should simply choose 2-3 books that appeal to him.

In the fall, all students will write on their selected texts in their English classes with a pre-selected essay model and rubric. The writing will be straightforward and seek to gauge the level of interest and understanding that the student had in the selected texts. This is different from anything we have tried in the past, but we are excited for the possibility of allowing the students to find suitable reading material that excites them.

Our department goal is to produce avid and engaged readers across the grade levels, and we look forward to working with you in this process. Thank you for your help and support in this matter.

Michael Carr
English Department Chairperson


7th Grade

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Books 1-3 by Rick Riordan
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Storm Runner by JC Cervantes
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
The Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1 by John Flanagan
The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Code of Honor by Alan Gratz
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling


8th Grade

The Outsiders by SE Hinton
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Dry by Neal Shusterman
An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Ground Zero by Alan Gratz
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson


9th Grade

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman


10th Grade - all courses

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
They Went Left by Monica Hesse
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Contact by Carl Sagan
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Firm by John Grisham
The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Dog Stars by Patrick Heller
The Once and Future King by TH WHite


11th Grade - all courses

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stenger
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton
Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
1984 by George Orwell
Beartown by Frederik Bachman
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert


12th Grade - all courses

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
The Natural by Bernard Malamud
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
The Sympathizer by Viet Than Nguyen
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Going after Cacciato by Tim O’Brien
Florida by Lauren Groff
Dune by Frank Herbert
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss