Summer Assignments

Learning never stops. We believe it is important to keep reading, exploring, and investigating over the summer. The Bishop Dunne faculty have developed summer assignments designed to bridge the summer gap and keep skills sharp.

Middle School

English / Literature

During the summer, all students are expected to continue the habit of reading, both for enjoyment and as a supplement to their upcoming literary studies. With these goals in mind, teachers suggest the below texts as to enhance each student’s understanding of the curriculum as well as to provide a new or different reading experience.

This year, incoming students will choose any text from the below list or of comparable literary merit to read over the summer. All students must be prepared to discuss their chosen texts on the first day of school. Students will complete an in-class assignment on that day in which they will connect texts to their own lives. Please do not hesitate to contact your teacher over the summer should you have questions.

Parents: Please help your student choose his or her text. It is important that you approve both the author and the book. When you and your student have made an informed selection, please encourage the student to begin reading on a regular schedule.

Select one of the following books.

6th Grade Reading/Writing
Teacher: Mrs. Kathy Beattie

  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • The World from up Here by Cecilia Galante


7th & 8th Grade Literature
Teacher: Mrs. Julie Coxe

  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • Patina by Jason Reynolds
  • Sunny by Jason Reynolds

Students entering 7th and 8th grades should also annotate the text and bring them to class on the first day of school. CLICK HERE for the annotation guide and rubric.

High School

English

High School Summer Reading Guide

During the summer, all students are expected to continue the habit of reading, both for enjoyment and as a supplement to their upcoming literary studies. With these goals in mind, teachers choose texts to enhance each student’s understanding of the curriculum as well as to provide a new or different reading experience.

This year, incoming students will choose one text from the below list to read and annotate, using the below instructions as a guide. All students must have the annotated copy of their text as well as any notes with them on the first day of school. Students will complete an in-class assignment on that day. Please do not hesitate to contact your teacher over the summer should you have questions.

Parents: Please help your student choose his or her text. It is important that you approve both the author and the book. Some of the authors below produce novels that include adult content, and it is important that you are aware of your student’s reading choice. When you and your student have made an informed selection, please encourage the student to begin reading on a regular schedule.

High School English Assignment

English I

Select one of the following books.

  • The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena

Contact Mr. Damian McDonald with any questions

English II

Select one of the following books.

10th Grade On-level

  • War Child: A Child Soldier’s Story by Emannuel Jal
  • Uncommon by Tony Dungy
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

10th Grade Pre-AP

  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown *Please ensure that it is the full original version.
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas
  • Having Our Say by Sarah & Elizabeth Delany

Contact Mrs. Channing Milfeld with any questions.

English III

Select one of the following books.

11th Grade On-Level

  • Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky

AP Language and Composition

  • Columbine by David Cullen
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Foreman
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
  • Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

Contact Mrs. Kristen Sustaita with any questions.

English IV

Select one of the following books.

12th Grade On-Level

  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuro Ishiguro
  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

AP Literature and Composition

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Contact Mrs. Brinkley Schneider with any questions.

Math

Math Assignment Overview

All math students from Algebra I - AP Calculus should read the Math Assignment Overview document. It contains general instructions for the math department summer skills and study guides. Course specific Skills Lists and Study Guides can be found below.

World Language

French

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Latin

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Spanish

AP Studio Art

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Contact Mrs. Allison Ramirez with questions.