All students enrolled in World History II should read the following book.


Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis:The Story of A Childhood, (ISBN: 978037571457)

“Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings,and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.” -Pantheon


   All students enrolled in U.S. History I should read the following book.


Caroline Cooney, The Ransom of Mercy Carter, (ISBN: 0385326157)

“The drama of history unfolds in this gripping tale based on the actual destruction of Deerfield, Massachusetts, in February, 1704. In a surprise attack, Mohawk Indians entered the town, burned it, and took captives with them on a 300-miletrek to Canada. This is 11-year-old Mercy Carter’s story.” – School Library Journal


   All students enrolled in U.S. History II should read the following book.

Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,(ISBN:9780345505347)

"Fifth-grade scholarship students and best friends Henry and Keiko are the only Asians in their Seattle elementary school in 1942. Henry is Chinese, Keiko is Japanese, and Pearl Harbor has made all Asians— even those who are American born—targets for abuse. Because Henry's nationalistic father has a deep-seated hatred for Japan, Henry keeps his friendship with and eventual love for Keiko a secret. When Keiko's family is sent to an internment camp in Idaho, Henry vows to wait for her. Forty years later, Henry comes upon an old hotel where the belongings of dozens of displaced Japanese families have turned up in the basement, and his love for Keiko is reborn. In his first novel, award-winning short-story writer Ford expertly nails the sweet innocence of first love, the cruelty of racism, the blindness of patriotism, the astonishing unknowns between parents and their children, and the sadness and satisfaction at the end of a life well lived. The result is a vivid picture of a confusing and critical time in American history.Recommended for all fiction collections." - Library Journal


   All students enrolled in Advanced Placement United States History II should read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and


Chapter 18 Frontiers of Change, Politics of Stalemate, 1865 – 1898 in Liberty, Equality, Power (3rd Edition).  If you did not pick up a textbook in June, please click here to download the chapter.


Answer each of the following questions in well-written essays. These should be typed (Times New Roman, 12 points) and brought to class on the first day of school.


1. Explain the natural, technological and political factors that encouraged and hindered Western Expansion during this time period.


2. Henry Grady announced in 1886 the emergence of a modern, progressive, and industrialized New South. Explain Grady’s vision, examine the Southern economy, and assess whether or not the goals expressed in the ideology of the New South were actually achieved by the turn of the century.


3. The Compromise of 1877 marked the end of nineteenth century federal support for civil rights. Explain race relations in the era of the New South, describe the institutionalization of discrimination, and examine the response of black and white reformers.


All students enrolled in Advanced Placement Psychology should read Chapter 3, Nature, Nurture, and Human Diversity and Chapter 4, Developing Through the Life Span in David G. Myers’ Psychology 8th Edition.


You will have a major quiz on the summer chapters mentioned above on the first day of class.  You may use one page of your own notes that should either be handwritten or be 12 point, Times New Roman font if done digitally.  Notes must be printed beforehand; just like the AP exam, we will be going low-tech for the first day.  These will then be collected, so notes must be the result of your own individual work.

Highly recommended review aids can also be found at www.worthpublishers.com/meyers.  The materials provided by the publisher are something that former students have found to be valuable, and becoming familiar with them over the summer will be worthwhile. Additionally, if you are working with Mr. Aukerman, please check your school emails for instructions toward the end of July, as your input about the digital aspects of the course will be requested.  


All students enrolled in Advanced Placement World History should read A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage, (ISBN 0802715524)


You should be prepared for a major quiz and a discussion of the book on the second day of class.


“Standage starts with a bold hypothesis—that each epoch, from the Stone Age to the present, has had its signature beverage—and takes readers on an extraordinary trip through world history. The Economist's technology editor has the ability to connect the smallest detail to the big picture and a knack for summarizing vast concepts in a few sentences. He explains how, when humans shifted from hunting and gathering to farming, they saved surplus grain, which sometimes fermented into beer. The Greeks took grapes and made wine, later borrowed by the Romans and the Christians. Arabic scientists experimented with distillation and produced spirits, the ideal drink for long voyages of exploration. Coffee also spread quickly from Arabia to Europe, becoming the ‘intellectual counterpoint to the geographical expansion of the Age of Exploration.’ European coffee-houses, which functioned as ‘the Internet of the Age of Reason,’ facilitated scientific, financial and industrial cross-fertilization. In the British industrial revolution that followed,tea ‘was the lubricant that kept the factories running smoothly.’ Finally, the rise of American capitalism is mirrored in the history of Coca-Cola, which started as a more or less handmade medicinal drink but morphed into amass-produced global commodity over the course of the 20th century.” – Publishers Weekly