12th Grade Summer Homework

All students are asked to participate in our Pay It Forward project.

12th Grade Summer Reading

Modern Literature: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

An ardent activist, champion of political reform, novelist, and progressive journalist, Upton Sinclair is perhaps best known today for The Jungle — his devastating exposé of the meat-packing industry. A protest novel he privately published in 1906, the book was a shocking revelation of intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards. It quickly became a bestseller, arousing public sentiment and resulting in such federal legislation as the Pure Food and Drug Act. The brutally grim story of a Slavic family who emigrates to America, The Jungle tells of their rapid and inexorable descent into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and social and economic despair. Vulnerable and isolated, the family of Jurgis Rudkus struggles — unsuccessfully — to survive in an urban jungle.

A powerful view of turn-of-the-century poverty, graft, and corruption, this fiercely realistic American classic is still required reading in many history and literature classes. It will continue to haunt readers long after they’ve finished the last page.

–Complete 15 excellent annotations per 100 pages of the novel.

All incoming new students should also read How to Read Lit Like a Professor.


AP Literature: Catch 22   by Joseph Heller

–Complete 15 excellent annotations per 100 pages of the novel.

All AP students should also read How to Read Lit Like a Professor. (Reread or reexamine your note cards)

XCS Summer Reading Assignment:
How to Read Literature Like a Professor:  A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
by Thomas C. Foster

Directions: Please read the assignment thoroughly.  This is meant to help you navigate the literature we read in the Rhetoric school more efficiently and effectively.

Read the book and take notes on the key concepts as you read.  After you finish a chapter please use 3×5 note cards and on one side outline all the key concepts. Discussed in that chapter.  On the backside, please add one example of your own, if you can think of one.  These will be used throughout the year.

Your note cards will be graded in the first days of school.

12th Grade Math Practice
Choose the appropriate class you will be entering.

12th Grade Advanced Placement United States Government

Class supplies: AP students in my class are not required to bring a binder next year. Instead I ask that you bring a few hundred note-cards and some sort of container for them.

Complete Constitution and Amendments Worksheet. There will be an open worksheet test during the first week or so. Reminder that I am looking for a summary IN YOUR OWN WORDS. No plagiarism please.