Summer Reading

**Summer Reading titles are up to date for the 2014-2015 school year.

Three academic departments (English, Social  Studies, and Religious Studies) participate in the summer reading program, and students are required to read for each department. Students should expect to be assessed on their assigned books during the first week of classes in August.




  • World History
    • Anonymous, Epic of Gilgamesh.  Trans. N. K. Sandars.  Penguin Classics, Revised Edition
      • ISBN-10: 014044100X
      • ISBN-13: 978-0140441000
      • Study Guide 



  • AP European History
    • Machiavelli, Niccolo.  The Prince. Trans. Harvey Mansfield.  Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Student Instructions and Assignments

**Students enrolled in Summer Western Civilization must have the following book before the first day of class, in lieu of one of the books on the above list:

  • Machiavelli, Niccolo.  The Prince. Trans. Harvey Mansfield.  Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1998.
    • ISBN-10: 0226500446
    • ISBN-13: 978-0226500447



      • US History
        • No required reading
      • AP US History
      • McCullough, David. 1776.  New York:  Simon and Schuster, 2006.



      • Economics  (none)
      • US Government (none)
      • AP Government and Economics  (none)



      • Psychology  (none)
      • AP Comparative Politics (none)
      • AP Psychology
        • Hock, Roger R.  Forty Studies that Changed Psychology: Explorations into the History of Psychological Research.  6th Edition.  New York:  Prentice Hall, 2008.



Saint Ignatius and the Company of Jesus by August Derleth (ISBN: 9780898707229)
-Study Guide

To be read by the beginning of the student’s Sacraments class (there is NO summer reading for History of the Catholic Church).
He Leadeth Me
by Fr. Walter Ciszek S.J. (ISBN: 0898705460)
He Leadeth Me study guide and assignment

To be read by the beginning of the student’s Living the Paschal Mystery class (there is no summer reading for Christian Ethics and Morality)
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
by Greg Boyle, SJ (ISBN: 1439153159)
Study Guide
Vocabulary List

12th grade Senior Synthesis title:
by T. M. Doran
Senior Synthesis Assignment

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(there is NO summer reading for other senior Religion electives)



* Students are expected to read the novel assigned to their appropriate grade.  In addition to the reading, students are required to respond in short-answer format to a set of study questions specific to that book; those responses should be typed, and will be collected for credit. Teachers will integrate the summer reading and responses to study questions into the beginning of the course, so students should bring their book and responses to class when they begin in August.  Furthermore, students should expect some form of assessment on the book—test or essay—during the first week of class.


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
– by Sherman Alexie
Study Guide


The Glass Castle
– by Jeannette Walls
Study guide


catcher-in-the-rye2Catcher in the Rye
– by J.D. Salinger
Reading Guide/Instructions


For AP English Literature:

For Hero’s Journey:

**There are no summer reading books for the English electives Creative Writing, Modern Fiction, or Writers & Current Issues


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