Student Summer Assignments

Please carefully read the assignments listed for your 2017-2018 school year level. If you have any questions, you may call the main office to speak with Mrs. Genereux.

Summer Office Hours:

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM


If you have any questions regarding the English assignments, you may contact Mrs. Marble at

Grade 9

Grade 9:

College Prep: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar Answer ALL questions in complete sentences and use quotes from the novel to support your answer. Each quote must be explained in relation to your answer.

1. Describe the dynamic between Scott and his friends Mitch, Patrick, and Kyle. What role does each character play in their group? How does this dynamic change throughout the book? How does this affect Scott?

2.Why does Scott begin writing to his sibling? Why does Scott insist this is not a diary?

3.How would you describe Scott’s relationship with his older brother Bobby? How does this relationship change after Scott discovers Bobby’s secret?

4.In what ways has Scott’s attitude changed throughout the story? Why? What does this say about the book’s theme?

5.Think about the books title. What does the word “lie” refer to?How does this relate to the book’s theme?

Honors: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. (Be prepared for an in-class essay when school resumes) and answer ALL questions in complete sentences and use quotes from the novel to support your answer. Each quote must be explained in relation to your answer.

1.Why do you think Markus Zusak chose to use Death as the narrator?

2.Did you see Death as a certain gender?

3.Did you have any preconceptions about Death? Did the character match or differ from these notions?

4.What are some examples of foreshadowing in The Book Thief? It seems like Death is constantly letting the plot out of the bag. Did this bother you? Did you like it? (Ex: Knowing Rudy was going to die hundreds of pages before it happened)

5.The Book Thief is divided into 9 sections each titled with a book Liesel received. The section title pages list the chapters within each section. Some of these reveal parts of the plot. The Gravedigger’s Handbook, Shoulder Shrug, The Whistler, Dream Carrier, Word Shaker – these are some of the fictitious titles Liesel received. Do you think there is significance to the titles?

6.The text is broken in several places by Max’s picture books to Liesel. What do you think these stories added to The Book Thief? Could you have done without them?

7.What characters seemed most developed? Were there any throw away characters you could do without?

8.Were there any scenes in the book that overwhelmed you? What scenes stood out?

9.How do you feel about the relationship between Max and Liesel?

10. This book continuously alternates between great sorrows and small joys. As an example, Max is forced to hide in Liesel’s basement, but Liesel builds him a snowman inside. What are other examples of the ups and downs of The Book Thief? Do you think Zusak had a purpose in this alternating?

Grade 10

Grade 10:

College Prep: A. Read Legend by Marie Lu Answer 3 questions in complete sentences and use quotes from the novel to support your answer. Each quote must be explained in relation to your answer.

1. Part One of Legend is entitled: “The Boy Who Walks in the Light.” What does this title suggest about Day? Consider his alias-why did he choose this name?

2. Although Day and June come from distinctly different backgrounds, in what ways are they similar?

3.Rebellion is one of the larger themes in Legend. Who is the bigger rebel, Day or June? What does “rebellion” mean for each character?

4. Does the plague represent a more overarching theme? If so what?

5. What do you think the book’s title means? Why or what does Legend refer to?

B. View “WALL-E” directed by Andrew Stanton Answer 3 questions in complete sentences and use quotes from the novel to support your answer. Each quote must be explained in relation to your answer.

1.What technology in the film is recognizable as tech that we have today? Is any of the technology not plausible? What piece of technology do you think was most responsible for the change in human behavior?

2.What human emotions does Wall-E understand and exhibit? What emotions does he not understand? How does this shape his view of the other characters around him?

3.Should we be concerned that this may be an accurate representation of our future? Does a version of Buy n Large exist today? Are we choking our planet with trash? What are we doing about it?

4.Who is most responsible for humans returning to Earth? Does WALL-E get credit for finding the plant? Does EVE get credit because she is the one who returns the plant to the Axiom? Does the Captain deserve credit for standing up to AUTO?

5.As the movie ends, do you think that humans will be able to recolonize, clean up, and live on Earth? What challenges do they face? Will they fall into the same traps their ancestors did?


Read: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Complete the Major Works Data Sheet.

(Link can be opened in Adobe Acrobat on your iPad and answers can be typed in.)

Grade 11

Grade 11: Read The Revenant by Michael Punke

College Prep: Answer 4 of the following questions in complete sentences and use quotes from the novel to support your answer. Each quote must be explained in relation to your answer.

1. How does Glass manage to survive the bear attack?

2. Is The Revenant really "a novel of revenge"? Explain your answer.

3. How might the novel have been different if Bridger had stood up to Fitzgerald?

4. Does Glass forgive Fitzgerald at the end of the novel? Why or why not?

5. Is Captain Henry a good leader?

6. Imagine what Glass might do after the events of the novel.

7. Is the novel historically accurate in all instances? If not, why do you think Punke altered history?

Honors: Answer 6 of the following questions in complete sentences and use quotes from the novel to support your answer. Each quote must be explained in relation to your answer.

1. After the bear attack renders Glass immobile and near death, the Captain asks his brigade for two volunteers to stay behind and tend to Glass until he passes. Bridger agrees to stay to "salve his wounded pride," and Fitzgerald stays solely for the extra money. Do you think Bridger’s reason to stay is any better than Fitzgerald?

2. Shortly after Glass is abandoned, he has a dream that he is attacked by a rattlesnake. When he wakes, he realizes it was just a dream, and he also discovers that his fever has broken. What could this dream represent?

3. Punke uses dreams as a device to gain insight into a character’s subconscious. Bridger has a dream that he is stabbed in the chest by a mysterious specter with the knife he stole from Glass. Who or what could this specter represent? Does Punke want readers to feel empathy for Bridger? If so, why?

4. Kiowa offers Glass a job at the fort, but Glass refuses. Kiowa tells Glass that he finds his quest for revenge to be a "bit of silly venture." Do you agree? Do you think Glass would have been able to survive the frontier alone without his burning desire for revenge?

5. Glass has a respect for Native Americans that is unusual for a white man of this period. How would you describe Glass’s relationship with the Native Americans? What is it about Glass’s approach and personality that allows for the diplomatic interactions he has with most of the Native Americans he encounters?

6. While on the mission to mend ties with the Arikara, Lengevin, Glass, and the rest of the crew are attacked by the Arikara. La Vierge is shot and his brother Dominique refuses to leave him. Glass feels he has no choice but to flee in order to ensure his own survival. Is his decision to leave the wounded behind any different from Fitzgerald’s and Bridger’s decision to leave him? If so, how?

7. When Glass finally manages to find Bridger at Fort Union, he immediately attacks him. However, Bridger does not fight back which compels Glass to end his assault. Why does Glass decide not to kill Bridger? Has Glass forgiven Bridger?

8. At Fort Atkinson Glass finally comes face-to-face with Fitzgerald. Glass, however, is not able to get the revenge he so desperately desires, as Major Constable decides that Fitzgerald will be tried in court. In the seemingly lawless frontier, a trial does seem odd, but is this move toward order and due process a positive and necessary one? Does Fitzgerald’s punishment fit his crime?

9. The novel closes with a conversation between Captain Henry and Bridger. Bridger asks the Captain for permission to join the group of men who are traveling over the Rocky Mountains. The Captain says he is free to go. Why do you think Punke gives the final scene to Bridger rather than Glass?

AP Language and Composition

Contact: Mr. Malo

A. Read On Writing by Stephen King. Use your active reading skills as you read. Consider the following ideas.

1. King delights in the nuts-and bolts mechanics of the writing process, yet he concedes that good writing involves magic as well (104). To what degree can a writer be made? To what extent can writing be taught? What writerly skills do you come by naturally, and which do you have to work at to acquire or improve?

2. King doesn’t read in order to “study the craft” but believes that there is “a learning process going on” when he reads (145). What does King mean when he says that writing is a craft? Are you conscious of “the craft” as you read?

3. King tells a story about finding his fantasy desk, a massive slab that he placed in the middle of his study. After sobering up, he replaced the desk with a smaller one that he put in a corner. “Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around” (100-101). Discuss his “revelation” and the symbolism of the placement of the desk. Where have you placed your symbolic “writing desk”?

Details forthcoming… You will each be assigned one of these topics for a 500-600 word formal essay to be submitted by email due July 15.

B. Read The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden by Stanley Kunitz with Marnie Crawford Samuelson.

1. Consider Kunitz’s philosophy of life as it is presented through his narrative as well as through these selected poems. What useful bits of wisdom does he proffer that can be passed down from a centenarian to a teenager?

Details forthcoming… Read actively. Again you will submit a 500-600 word formal essay by email due August 15.

Grade 12

Grade 12

Read: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.
Be prepared for an in-class essay when school resumes.

College Prep: Answer 5 of the following questions in complete sentences and use quotes from the novel to support your answer. Each quote must be explained in relation to your answer.

Honors: Answer all of the following questions in complete sentences and use quotes from the novel to support your answer. Each quote must be explained in relation to your answer.

1. Why doesn't the main character have a name? Was this a purposeful strategy employed by the author? And to what purpose? What role did names play in this novel?

2. One of the underlying beliefs of the book is the difference between childhood and adulthood. If we were to remove the prologue and epilogue (and therefore silence the adult voice), how would the story change?

3. What does this novel say about memories — their value and their trustworthiness?

4. What do you think is going on in the narrator’s life when he returns to the lane. He was attending a funeral but what else is occurring in his life? How does this relate to what he experiences when he returns?

5. What does the kitten represent at the beginning of the story? The kitten that appears later in the story? Do you feel these two are in some way related?

6. Why did the tenant kill himself at the beginning of the story? What did this have to do with anything else that happened in the story?

7. What was Ursula’s reason for entering the narrator’s realm? Do you feel that Ursula was actually evil, or was it that we only knew her through the boy’s viewpoint?

8. The Hempstocks have supernatural powers. Are they witches? How are they alike and how are they different?

9. What was the narrator’s relationship to Lettie? Do you think it was an accident they met? How do you feel about what Lettie did at the end of the flashback part of the book? How do you think things would have been different if she had stayed there?

10. Explain the narrator’s relationship with his parents. Were they major characters in the story? In what way were they detrimental?

11. It has been said that children make poor historians. Do you feel that the story was exactly the way he remembers it, or do you think he remembered through the mind of a child with an overactive imagination?

AP Literature and Composition:

A. College Essay: Have your ―college essay/personal statement rough draft printed and ready to turn in on the first full day of classes.

Instructions: The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts:

a. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

b. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

c. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

d. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

e. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

f. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

g. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

B. Novel Assignment: The Kite Runner~ Khaled Hosseini

Worksheet for discussing Hosseini’s The Kite Runner: The Least You Should Know:

1. As part of the texture of this course, we will be pulling out certain passages or focusing on certain chapters to dig deeper into various elements, so in your reading pay particular attention to in the following:

Setting and Mood


Narrative Voice/Point of View

Plot/Sequence of events

Diction (word choice) / Tone

Imagery and Figurative Language

a. Chapter 7 that begins with the narrator’s saying, “After another thirty minutes, only four kites remained. And I was still flying,” and ends with, “…seeing Baba on that roof, proud of me at last.”

b. Chapter 7 that begins with the narrator’s saying, “The next morning, as he brewed black tea for breakfast,” and ends with, “I jerked the string twice, our usual signal, and Hassan tossed the kite.”

c. Chapter 8 that begins with the narrator’s saying, “I turned thirteen that summer of 1976,” and ends with, “It was a biography of Hitler. I threw it amid a tangle of weeds.”

d. Chapter 10 that begins with the narrator’s saying, “We pulled up to the checkpoint at Mahipar twenty minutes later,” and ends with, “. . .the young woman’s husband suddenly stood and did something I’d seen many others do before him: He kissed Baba’s hand.”

e. Chapter 24 that begins with the narrator’s saying, “The lawn outside the American embassy in Islamabad was neatly mowed…” and ends with, “‘Suicide,’ she whispered.”

2. Be able to cite examples of:

• conflict

• simile

• metaphor

• antagonist

• foreshadowing

• symbol

• flashback

• point of view

• irony

Setting: it is more than just time and place. An analysis of setting focuses on the role location plays in a story, such as creating mood, developing characters or serving as a symbol. Often the setting impacts a story’s plot, helps to develop a story’s characters, or reveals a story’s theme.

a. Two worlds are set in contrast in The Kite Runner. Describe differences between the two worlds, and what they add to the overall impact of the novel.

b. Fiction is all about a world an author creates. How did the author create the world of the book? What kinds of people, places, things, and ideas did the author include? What successes, disasters, and conflicts does this world have? What are the good things in this world? What are the bad things? Complete the following sentence: “This is a world where…” Remember: the story is made up, but it is also true to its world.

c. Look at the significance of the novel within the context of Afghan history, politics, and culture that it presents to us. What does it mean to be Hazara, Shi’a Muslim, Afghanistan’s minority group? Who, in the story thus far, is Hazara? What does it mean to be Pashtun, Sunni Muslim, Afghanistan’s majority group?Who, in the story thus far, is Pashtun?


a. Examine Amir’s attempts, as the story develops, to understand both himself and what is happening around him. Has he made any progress in either of those attempts by the end of the novel?

b. Examine the contribution made to The Kite Runner by its secondary characters.

c. Do you feel, by the end of the novel, that Amir has become ‘good again’?

Plot: Plot is how the events in the story directly impact the main character or the protagonist.

a. ‘At every stage in the progress of his tale the novelist must rely on what may be called the illuminating incident to reveal and emphasize the inner meaning of each situation. Illuminating incidents are the magic casements of fiction, its vistas on infinity’ (Edith Wharton). Be able to discuss the illuminating incidents and what they reveal.


a. Watch this discussion about theme vs. topic and then come up with at least 3 themes you could use for this novel.

b. Keep in mind that theme is more than one word. It is not love. It is what the novel/author is saying about love. For example: maybe the author is saying that the love of a man and woman can be so powerful that it can literally rescue people from death.


AP Chemistry

Please direct all questions to Ms. Murtagh. Assignments should be submitted by email to

AP Chem Textbook: Chemistry: AP Edition 11th edition book by Raymond Chang McGraw- Hill Education (2012)

Unit 1 DUE: 7/14
Read Ch. 1 – 3

Unit 4 DUE: 8/11
Read Ch. 5
Questions: 5.1-5.3, 5.8, 5.13-5.15, 5.19, 5.20 – 5.23, 5.27 – 5.29, 5.31-5.43, 5.48 – 5.55, 5.65 – 5.70, 5.77, 5.81 – 5.84, 5.89 – 5.90, 5.94

Unit 6 DUE: 9/1
Read Ch. 7 – 8
Questions for CH. 7
7.1 – 7.3, 7.5, 7.7 – 7.10, 7.13, 7.15 – 7.18, 7.23- 7.24, 7.40, 7.43 – 7.46, 7.48 – 7.50, 7.54, 7.56, 7.66 – 7.70, 7.79
Questions for Ch. 8
8.1 – 8.2, 8.6, 8.8, 8.12 – 8.15, 8.21, 8.23, 8.27, 8.33 – 8.36, 8.38 – 8.41, 8.49, 8.51, 8.56, 8.59 – 8.61, 8.65 – 8.66, 8.68

Honors Chemistry

Honors Chemistry – Ms. Wilder
Summer Assignment 2017
Welcome to Cardinal Spellman’s Honors Chemistry class! I am looking forward to
helping you gain a deep appreciation for the science of chemistry and how it impacts
our lives. I hope you are looking forward to an exciting and challenging year.
I am sure you will learn a great deal next year and youwill be challenged. I also
hope you will enjoy learning about the concepts that make our world turn. We are
fortunate to have an i-book for this course and we will use it frequently. In order
to prepare you for a full course in honors chemistry, you are required to complete
the assignments listed below over the summer. You will be using ibook: Chemistry-
Matter and Change published by McGraw Hill. Your first assessment will be on this
material. These assignments are due the first day of class. Please show all your
work, number each question and identify the pages in each chapter on each
assignment. Neatness counts! We will spend a class on these topics before you are
tested on the material in Chapters 1 and 2

Assignments- Chapters 1 and 2 –Required Work
Chapter 1- Complete by July 31
A)Assignment 1 – Read pp 3-27
Pg 45, Questions 25-30

B) Assignment 2 – Read pp 28-37
Pg 46 Questions 37-44
Pg. 49 Q 55,56

C)Study vocab words: chemistry, substance, mass, weight, scientific method,
hypothesis, independent and dependent variable, conclusion, theory, scientific law
(youribook has the ability to create flash cards for your vocab words. Use this
Resource to study your vocab)

Chapter 2 – Complete byAugust 21
A) Assignment 1 – Read pp 55-69 . On Pg 118 complete Questions 62, 66-68
B) Assignment2 – Read pp 73-78. On Pg 119 complete Q 71-80
C)Study vocab words: base unit, second, meter, kilogram, kelvin, derived unit, liter,
density, scientific notation, accuracy, precision, error, percent error, significant
figure, dimensional analysis, conversion factor, graph

I will check my email over the summer from time to time. If you have a question
about the assignment, please email me at
Have a greatsummer!


AP US History II

Welcome to Advanced Placement U.S. History Part II! The 2017-2018 academic year will be a very busy one as we prepare for the Advanced Placement exam in May 2018. APUSH is a rigorous college-level course that will require extensive background knowledge in U.S. History and well-developed historical analysis skills. Due to the nature of the course, much of the burden of learning the content will be placed on you, the student —we will not be able to accomplish everything during class time alone and it is important that class time is spent focusing on the development of AP Skills. A s a result, being a student in APUSH will require a great deal of outside work coupled with effective time-management skills, as many of you will be very busy with other courses and activities as well.

To demonstrate your abilities as a self-directed learner, every APUSH student will be required to complete the following summer assignment reviewing the material from periods 1-4 that will be due the first day of class . In addition, you will have an exam that covers periods 1-4 during the first week of school. The exam will consist of 55 MC (all synthesis based). You will also have a timed 55 minute DBQ the first week of school that will be on period 3. Both of these will count as a test grade for term one and a DBQ grade for term one.

In order for you to feel prepare for the DBQ I will be holding an after school DBQ 101 overview to explain how you will write a DBQ for me. We will go over the rubric, review the skills, and I will provide practice DBQ prompts. This will be on Wednesday June 7th from 2:10-3:15. It is not mandatory, but highly recommended that you come to this so you have an idea of what a major component of the course will be like.

Please click here for the links to your assignments.

AP European History

Please contact Mr. Higgins with any questions.

1. Summer Map Assignment: During the first week of class, students will be expected to pass a map quiz. Click here to view the nations, regions, and cities that will appear on the quiz. No need to pass in a map- simply learn the geography of the continent and be prepared for the quiz.

2. Your assignment is to read Chapter 1: “The Late Middle Ages: Social & Political Breakdown (1300-1453)” and Chapter 2: “Renaissance & Discovery” and be ready for an open note test week one as well as be ready for the map quiz week one on Europe’s geography.

The text is Western Heritage (since 1300),11th edition by Donald Kagan, Steven Ozment, Frank Turner, & Allison Frank (Pearson Books Publishing)
Nations, Cities, and Geographical features to know for the map quiz

  • Austria
  • The “Balkans”
  • The “Baltic States”
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom (UK) [ID England & Scotland]
  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • London
  • Moscow
  • Kiev
  • Paris
  • Prague
  • Rome
  • St. Petersburg
  • Vienna
  • Sarajevo
  • Munich
  • Brussels
  • Baltic Sea
  • Black Sea
  • Adriatic Sea
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • North Sea
  • Bay of Biscay
  • Aegean Sea
  • Danube River
  • Seine River
  • Volga River
  • Rhine River
  • Thames River
  • Dnieper River


AP Psychology

Please contact Mrs. Lozzi with any questions:
*Order your books in June – including the Strive for 5. You can probably get a used text if you shop around. The Strive for 5 cannot have writing in it – you will be putting the writing into it! If you wait and they are back-ordered and you cannot complete your summer work, you will not be given an extension.


1.) The of Myers Psychology for AP (BFW/Worth Publishers) 2.) A Herzig, Brant and Naughton’s Strive for a 5: Preparing for the AP Psychology Examination workbook (BFW/Worth Publishers)

Pictures of text are attached. DO NOT get the Myers’ FIRST EDITION of the text. The information is dated and you will not be able to answer many sections of your workbook. NOT ORDERING THE TEXT OR WORKBOOK IN JUNE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT HAVING THE ASSIGNMENT READY WHEN SCHOOL BEGINS. YOU MUST HAVE A NEW WORKBOOK, NOT ONE THAT HAS BEEN WRTTEN IN!

If you have questions, please e-mail me at any time prior to August 18. I will not respond to e-mails about the summer assignment after 5 PM on August 18 nor answer questions that are clearly covered the instructions. I am very happy to clarify or give details when needed. DO NOT WAIT until the last days.

Students must:

1.) Read Unit 1 PSYCHOLOGY’S HISTORY AND APPROACHES (pages 1 - 28) and Unit 5 STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS (pages 217 – 261) in the text.

2.) Complete all sections in the Strive for Five Workbook for both units in the workbook. *Unit 1 (pages 1 – 16) and Unit 5 pages 115 – 142)

3.) For both units in the Strive for Five Workbook, you may SKIP the Before You Read (Key Terms and Key Names) at the beginning of each chapter in the workbook and the Before You Move On section at the end of each unit. The chart on page 10 may also be omitted.

4.) Pen please!

5.) Responses do not have to be in complete sentences; bulleted responses are appropriate in many instances. Please note that one/two/three word answers are not adequate responses. Be thoughtful and be complete!

5.) Workbooks will be collected on the FULL FIRST DAY that class meets. Late work (the second day of class) will receive 50% credit and no credit will be given after that point.

6.) All students who have not completed the assignment will be asked to reconsider his/her commitment to AP Psychology. It is mandatory that students complete the work.

7.) Testing on both chapters will be within the first two weeks of school and students will be able to use the workbook for part of the testing! There will be two quizzes (one on each chapter.)

8.) The summer assignment equals one TEST GRADE.

Click here to view PDF directions.

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