Summer Assignments

Summer Assignments 2021

IMPORTANT: A number of courses in addition to core English courses have summer assignments.  Please be sure to review this entire document to make sure you are aware of summer requirements for all of your 2021-22 courses!

The following books are available for purchase at the McQuaid Jesuit Bookstore. If you have questions regarding the summer reading list please feel free to contact Mrs. Jennifer Roxstrom at or 256-6180. Summer Bookstore hours are posted on the website

English Reading Assignments

The students should read each work carefully and thoughtfully, taking notes on what he reads as discussion and evaluation of reading will begin on the first day of classes.

The English Department’s Philosophy: Every part of who we are as human beings—mind, spirit, and body—needs nourishment. Reading goes a long way towards the care of all of those parts: our hearts are touched, our imaginations are stimulated, and our bodies are relaxed.

All of our English courses for grades 6-12 require students to read two titles over the summer. Note taking (character names, significant events or action from the story) is suggested as students read so that review of the novel prior to assessments is possible. The title labeled “Required Reading” will be assessed on the first day of classes. Students are then expected to read at least one additional title listed under “Selected Titles.” These novels will be discussed and assessed during the first cycle of the schedule in the school year.

6th Grade
Required reading by all:
1. Holes by Louis Sachar                               ISBN-13: 978-0440414803

Selected titles (choose at least ONE of the following):
2. Janitors by Tyler Whitesides
3. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
4. Football Genius by Tim Green
5. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

7th Grade
Required reading by all:
1. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia           ISBN-13: 978-1368042413

Selected titles (choose at least ONE of the following):
2. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
3. The Wild Things by David Eggers
4. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
6. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

8th Grade
Required reading by all:
1. Heat by Mike Lupica           ISBN-13: 978-0142407578

Selected titles (choose at least ONE of the following):
2. The Brave by Robert Lipsyte
3. Blue Skin of the Sea by Graham Salisbury
4. The Runaway King (Book 2) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

9th Grade

Required Reading by all
1. Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella          ISBN-13: 978-0395957738

Selected Titles (choose at least ONE of the following):
2. Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat
3. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
4. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

10th Grade

Required reading by all:
1. Lord of the Flies by Sir William Golding           ISBN-13: 978-0399501487

Selected titles (choose at least ONE of the following):
2. After the First Death by Robert Cormier
3. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
4. Shooter by Walter Dean Myers

Advanced 10th Grade: Click here.

1. Lord of the Flies by Sir William Golding           ISBN-13: 978-039950148

2. The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban

11th Grade: Click here.

12th Grade: Click here.

A.P. English language and Composition

Required reading by all:
1. Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs           ISBN-13: 978-0307341440

Selected titles (choose at least ONE of the following):

  1. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (warning-some explicit language)
  2. Lucky Girl: A Memoir by Mei-Ling Hopgood
  3. Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey by Marie Matsuki Mockett
  4. The Speckled People: A Memoir of the Half-Irish by Hugo Hamilton

A.P. Literature and Composition: Click here.

Summer Assignments for Other Courses

A.P. Chemistry: assignment was distributed to enrolled students in June. For more information, contact Dr. Rogalskyj:

A.P. Computer Science Principles: Click here for your assignment.

A.P. Environmental Science: Click here for your assignment.

A.P. Latin:  Contact Mr. Morales Please see Mr. Morales’ blog on Schoology.

A.P. Micro/Macroeconomics: Read all of chapter 1. From the end of the chapter, answer Discussion Questions 1, 2, and 3. Answer Review Questions 5, 6, 7, and 8. Answer Problem #5. Submit to Schoology under the heading “Summer Assignment” before the first class. There will be a quiz on the first day of classes. E-Text (Economics by McConnell/Brue/Flynn) MUST be purchased at the McQuaid Jesuit online Bookstore.

A.P. Spanish: Students in this class can find the summer reading and assignment on the Resources tab of the McQuaid Jesuit Community group on Schoology. Contact Mrs. Hickman with questions:

A.P. Statistics: The Practice of Statistics for A.P. 4th ed. by Starnes, Yates & Moore. ISBN: 9781429245593
Assignment: Pg. 42: 37, 39, 43, 45, 47, 55, 61, 67, 69-74 and Pg. 70:79-89 odd, 95, 97, 99, 101, 103, 107-110
There will be a test on Ch. 1, sec.2 & 3 on September 15, 2021.

A.P. U.S. History:  E-Text (American History by Brinkley) MUST be purchased at the McQuaid Jesuit online Bookstore. Click here for assignment.

A.P. World History: Empire: How Spain Became a World Power, 1492-1763 (Paperback) by Henry Kamen ISBN-13: 978-0060932640