2018 History Summer Work

In preparation for your studies of U.S. History you will read one of the following books during summer vacation. Be sure you choose the correct book from the list if you are going into the 9th grade choose books that are listed as U.S. I books, all 10th & 12th grade students will choose a book listed as U.S. II. All honors students in grades 9, 10, & 12 will also read two additional books during the year from the list or another approved book by the teacher. Any books over the summer can be approved by Mr. Metivier at metivierm@worc.k12.ma.us

Assignment based on the book
  1. Write a one page summary of the main ideas that are brought out in the book.
  2. Choose 10 quotes from the book that will help you to learn about the time period that the book is written in and explain how the quotes tell you about the time period and the overall meaning of the story.
  3. What do you believe is the author’s purpose for writing the book? (one paragraph)
  4. Rate this book: Good, bad, or indifferent explain your answer. (one paragraph)

You will also need to be prepared to discuss your book in class possibly in literary circles or short presentations depending on your teacher, who may also ask for a more formal assignment based on the book at the beginning of the semester. This assignment is worth 10% of your first quarter grade.

9th Grade U.S. History I only
Title Subject Author
Heart & Soul: The story of America & African Americans Kadir Nelson African Americans
Women of Influence Mark Betka American History
1776 David McCullough American Revolution
Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution L Carroll Judson American Revolution
The True Story of Ben Franklin Ben Franklin
Gods and Generals Jeff Shaara Civil War
Cold Mountain Charles Frazier Civil War
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane Civil War
The Killer Angels Michael Shaara Civil War
This Hallowed Ground Bruce Catton Civil War
Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell Civil War
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War Nathaniel Philbrick Colonial America
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain Culture/Race
Pride & Prejudice Jane Austin Culture/Women
Last Of The Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper French & Indian War
A People’s History of the United States Howard Zinn General
How Democratic is the American Constitution? Robert A. Dahl Government
The Miner’s Daughter Gretchen Moran Lask Industrial Revolution
Auto Biography of Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson Jefferson
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Dee Brown Native Americans
His Excellency: George Washington Joseph J. Ellis Presidents
John Adams David McCullough Presidents
Lincoln David Herbert Donald Presidents
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Doris Kearns Goodwin Presidents
Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History Fawn Brodie Presidents
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer James L. Swanson Presidents
Up From Slavery Booker T. Washington Race
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner Reconstruction Era
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Harriet Jacobs Slavery
Beloved Toni Morrison Slavery
Roots Alex Haley Slavery
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe Slavery
Time’s Memory Julius Lester Slavery
Ordeal by Hunger George Stewart Westward Expansion
Undaunted Courage Stephen E. Ambrose Westward Expansion
Witch Hunt Mysteries of Salem Witch Trials Marc Aronson Witch Trials
Little Women Louisa May Alcott Women/Civil War
U.S. History II for 10th & 12th grade only
Title Author Subject
The Roosevelt Myth John Flynn 1900-1945
Diva Jillian Larkin 1920’s
The Decline of the American Republic John Flynn 1930’s and 1940’s
Dropping of the Atomic Bomb: Truman’s True Intentions Dominick Abel Severance Atomic bomb
Black Like Me John Howard Griffin Civil Rights
Warriors Don’t Cry: a Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High Melba Pattillo Beals Civil Rights
The Autobiography of Malcom X Malcom X & Alex Haley Civil Rights
Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-63 Taylor Branch Civil Rights
Free at Last Michael J Friedman Civil Rights
The Ugly American Burdick & Lederer Communism
Countdown Deborah Wiles Cuban Missile Crisis
Only Yesterday Fredrick Allen Culture (1920’s)
The Natural Bernard Malamud Culture (baseball)
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe Culture (Space Exploration)
The Color of Water James McBride Culture/Race/Religion
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl Timothy Egan Depression
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck Depression
Silent Spring Rachel Carson Environment
All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky Joe R Lansdale Great Depression
Esperanza Rising Pam Munoz Ryan Great Depression
Your Eyes in Stars M.E. Kerr Great Depression
Bean Trees Barbara Kingslover Immigration
Devil on My Heels Joyce McDonald KKK
Assassination Vacation Sarah Vowell Presidents/Culture
The Jungle Upton Sinclair Progressive
Era/Urbanization
How the Other Half Lives Jacob Riis Progressive Era
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammet Prohibition
Black Duck Janet Taylor Lisle Prohibition
Chicano Richard Vasquez Race
Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin Race/Depression
An American Tragedy Theodore Dresier Social Issues
Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam Cynthia Kadohata Vietnam
If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home Tim O’Brien Vietnam War
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien Vietnam War
Making of the Atomic Bomb Richard Rhodes War
All the President’s Men Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward Watergate
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath Women
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Remarque WW I
The Bedford Boys Alex Kershaw WW II
Band of Brother Stephen E Ambrose WW II
Unbroken Lara Hillenbrand WWII
Joy Luck Club Amy Tam WW II/Women/Race