2019 History Summer Work

Summer Reading Assignment

our history assignment for the summer is to choose one of the books from the list below, you need to choose one from the grade you will be going into in the fall.  Each book is also marked as a college level book or an honors/college level book you must choose the book according to the level of history class you signed up for.  College level you may read any of the books on the list for your grade level. Honors classes you must choose a book that is specifically labeled honors/college level.  


For each grade you will read your book and take notes on it.  When you return to school in the first week you will complete a quiz based on your book.  Your teacher will also assign you a project to complete based on your book upon your return.  Remember Worcester Public schools policy is summer reading will count as 10% of your 1st quarter grade.  

A.P. Students:  

You should see your history teacher for your specific assignment which should be assigned before leaving school for the summer

U.S. History I (9th grade)

The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper,  Free online,  Honors/College
A People’s History of the United States
Howard Zinn, Chapters 1 -11 only,  Honors/College
David McCullough, Library/Amazon,  Honors/College
In the Shadows of Liberty
Kenneth C. Davis, Library/Amazon, Honors/College
I survived the American Revolution
Laren Tashis, Library/Amazon, College
My Brother Sam is Dead
James Lincoln Collier, Library/Amazon, College
Revolutionary Summer
Joseph Ellis, Library/Amazon, Honors/College
Founding Brothers
Joseph Ellis, Library/Amazon, Honors/College

U.S. History II (10th grade)

Up from Slavery
Booker T. Washington, Free online, College
How the Other Half Lives
Jacob Riis, Free online, Honors/College
The Jungle
Upton Sinclair, Free online, Honors/College
A People’s History of the United States
Howard Zinn, Chapters 12 – 24 only, Honors/College
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Dee Brown, Free online, Honors/College

11th grade

No History class no assignment

World History (12th Grade)

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Free online, College
Imperial Woman: Last Empress of China
Pearl S. Buck, Library/Amazon, Honors/College
Red Scarf Girl: Cultural Revolution
Ji-li Jiang, Library/Amazon Honors/College
Animal Farm
George Orwell, Free online, College
The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver, Free online, Honors/College
The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini, Library/Amazon, Honors/College
The Underdogs
Mariano Azuela, Free online, Honors/College
Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe, Library/Amazon, Honors/College

Do you enjoy reading on your tablet or phone? Download the Kindle app and the overdrive app to your electronic device. When you open the overdrive app you will be asked to create an account using your current library card (if you don’t have a library card call or visit your local library). Once you have an account you will have access to thousands of books and magazines to borrow for free. You can read them directly from the app or if you prefer you can read them from the kindle app that has more tools (kindle also has thousands of free books or if you prefer you can purchase books through Amazon and read on the kindle app. Many of the book on the list can be found on the apps and borrowed for free. If you do not have internet access at home you can visit your local library for a copy of any of these books.