Summer Assignments and Review
Summer 2020 assignments are now posted.
I find television very educational; whenever somebody turns the TV on, I go into the other room and read a book." Groucho Marx
- English Class Assignments (9 – 12)
- Optional Reading (K – 8)
- Math Class Review and Assignments (7 – 12)
- Math Practice (5 – 6)
- History Class Assignments (9 – 12)
- Science Class Assignments (9 – 12)
- Suggested Reading (9 – 12)
- Ideas and Suggestions (K – 4)
Why do we read over the summer? First, we want you to continue your engagement with the Great Conversation (truth, beauty, goodness). If it’s “great,” then why would you take the summer off from it? Second, our Upper School selections begin a thread of that conversation that will continue throughout the year. It’s advantageous to have a head start on that thread – there’s nothing worse than blank stares during the first few weeks as you gain traction. Summer reading helps insure that momentum is already a reality.
Upper School students must purchase the version listed below in order to earn points for summer reading (be prepared to bring it to class). There are no summer writing assignments that correlate to these texts. Instead, students will be held accountable for the summer reading via either an essay or a test during the first few weeks of school, so be sure to finish the book by the first day of classes.
Grade 9 English: Read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (ISBN: 978-0547928227)
Grade 10 English: Read C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce (ISBN: 0060652950). Follow these instructions.
Grade 11 English
- Honors Enlightenment and American Literature: Read Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (ISBN: 0486284999)
- AP English Language and Composition: Read Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (ISBN: 0486284999) and William Zinsser’s On Writing Well (ISBN: 9780060891541).
- There is an optional reading guide related to an assessment at the beginning of the school year.
Grade 12 English
- Honors Senior English and AP English Literature and Composition: Read George Orwell’s 1984 (ISBN: 0451524934).
- Students are expected to read Orwell’s novel in preparation for class discussion the first week of school, making any notes they wish. Give specific attention to the following ideas: Orwell’s’ view of mankind’s dignity, his perspective on gender/sexuality, the value of language, the power of fear, and individual identity against the collective.
- We will conclude our study of Orwell the first week of school with a timed, in-class essay exam. Students will be permitted to use the text as well as any notes they have prepared. The general topic will concern the nature and role of government.
For questions about English assignments, please contact:
Lower School and Early Middle School students are encouraged to participate in the optional Summer Reading Program.
Middle School: Summer reading is not required. Choose some books that interest you in order to keep your reading comprehension skills sharp! Here are some suggestions:
- Grade 7: A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E.L. Konigsburg
- Grade 8: Chains and Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
Students entering grades 7 – 12 have math review or a required assignment (for those taking an AP class). Complete the review or assignment for the math class you will enter in the fall.
For questions about math review and/or assignments, please contact Math Department Chair Mrs. Graham (email@example.com).
AP Physics 1: Complete the summer assignment.
If you are looking for book recommendations to boost your relationships or nurture your faith, check out this book list from school counselor Mrs. Neely:
- Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
- Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman
- The Art of Forgiving by Lewis Smedes
- Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids by Susan Cain
- Restless by Jennie Allen
- Freefall to Fly by Rebekah Lyons
- Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
- The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
- The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman
Our Lower School students work really hard during the school year. We want them to experience just what God has planned for them this summer. As parents, you are discerning what your child most needs during the summer months. We do not have required summer homework for Lower School students. We are often asked about summer assignments and how students can keep up their skills. Here are some ideas families may consider:
Reading: This is our biggest and favorite recommendation to support student learning! Get lost in books this summer! Here are some ideas:
- Connect with a King County Library, a book store, or create your own summer reading program.
- Alternatives: kid choice, parent choice, all read out loud together
- Visit the Bear Creek Libraries this summer and participate in our Summer Reading Program.
- Listen to reading with audio books or record your own with sound effects.
- Make a goal to read a certain number of books, or books from certain genres, learn about an author and read as many of that authors books that you can find. Maybe even write to the author and share what you like about her/his books.
Math: Daily Math Starters workbooks are published by Scholastic and available on Amazon. Select the grade level of math your child just completed. Search for "Daily Math Starters Grade 2" if your child just finished Math 2. A Lower School teacher committee reviewed these books, and Mrs. Gephart's mentor teacher is the author!
- Purpose: Keep the engine running with review.
- Idea: Do one problem from the back (harder), one problem from the front (easier)… work to the middle.
- Play games
- Build puzzles
- Start a collection, practicing math concepts with materials on the beach, park or wherever you might be
Alternately, try out XtraMath.org
- Purpose: Math fact review and to keep facts fluent and fresh.
Writing: Keep a summer Writer's Notebook. Find a special notebook to write about observations, special events, or visitors.
- Purpose: Enjoy and celebrate by writing
- Create a dialogue journal alternates between family members where questions can be asked of each other and provides an opportunity to enjoy and comment on each other’s writing.
- Visit new restaurants and write a review – have a family notebook to have for reference when you are deciding where to go for dinner or a treat!
- Research before vacation and then have your child write about what they see and do, small moment stories – or narrative writing
- Non-fiction writing – research a specific topic and write about it.
Typing: Just completed grade 3? Practice typing. Work with typing.com to keep up and expand your skills so typing up projects in grade 4 and Early Middle School goes smoothly for you.
- Idea: Tape a piece of paper to the top of the keyboard and cover your fingers so you aren't tempted to peek.