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Textbooks: Upper school summer assignments

Menlo School required texts and assignments

When purchasing books for upper school English classes, be aware that teachers require print books (no ebooks). Please purchase the specific edition indicated by the ISBN, as assignments will refer to the page numbers in that edition. You can email the teacher as indicated on the assignment sheet, or email Mrs. Rettberg, the librarian, with questions about these assignments.

Upper School English summer reading & assignments

Course Teacher Title Author ISBN Notes

English 1 (Freshmen)
Two required titles
One chosen from list in teacher instructions
Three books total

All  teachers The Parable of the Sower Butler 9781538732182
View teacher instructions
    When the Emperor was Divine Otsuka 9780385721813  
English 2 (Sophomores)
Two required books
All teachers Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides 9780312427733 View teacher instructions
    Homegoing Yaa Gyasi 9781101971062  
Junior year options:          
English 3: Rebels
One required title plus one choice  
from teacher instructions list. Two books in total.
Plamondon Looking for Alaska (required) John Green 9780142402511 View teacher instructions

English Language (AP)
Choose two books from teacher instructions list.

Sincoff/King       View teacher instructions
English Literature (AP):
One required title plus one book from teacher instructions list. Two books in total.
Harris Frankenstein - Norton Critical Edition
Mary Shelley 9780393927931 View teacher instructions
Senior year options:          
Café Society: Paris '20s & '30s Longust Time Was Soft There:
A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare and Co.
Jeremy Mercer 9789312347406 View teacher instructions
Contemporary Global Literature
Two required books
King Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 9780307455925 View teacher instructions
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz 9781594483295  
Dangerous Ideas
Two required books
Jinnett Madness: A Very Short Introduction Andrew T. Scull 9780199608034 View teacher instructions
    A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess


East Asian Pop Culture King Anime Explosion!: The What? Why? and Wow! of Japanese Animation - Revised and updated edition, 2014 Patrick Drazen 9781611720136 View teacher instructions
Global Mythologies
(Two books)
Bush The Truth of Myth: World Mythology in Theory and Everyday Life Tok Thompson 9780190222802 No additional instructions
    Mythos: The Greek Myths Reimagined Stephen Fry 9781452178912  
Gothic South Newton Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward Any edition No additional instructions
Investigations Plamondon League of Denial Mark Fainaru-Wada 9780770437541 View teacher instructions
    Listen to one of five podcasts from a list of options      
Poetry Workshop Blumenthal Citizen: An American Lyric Claudia Rankine 9781555976903 View teacher instructions

Upper School history and math summer assignments

Course Teacher Assignment
History courses    
Freshman Modern World History All teachers View teacher instructions
Sophomore US History All teachers View teacher instructions (Menlo Okta login required)
Sophomore US History (AP) Tieck View teacher instructions (Menlo Okta login required)
California Dreaming Mansdorf No summer assignment
Economics (AP) C. Hanson No summer assignment
Ethnic Studies Borbón View teacher instructions
European History (AP) K. Hanson View teacher instructions
Global Issues for Global Citizens Nelson View teacher instructions
Humanities I Gertmenian Summer reading: portions of The Courtier by Baldesar Castiglione - out of print so purchase a used copy
View teacher instructions
Modern Political Rhetoric Nelson Read On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt, ISBN: 9780691122946
Philosophy Bowen Summer reading: portions of The Dream Weaver: One Boy's Journey through the Landscape of Reality by Jack Bowen, ISBN: 978-0205528868
View teacher instructions
The Pursuit of Happiness Brown No summer assignment
United States Government (AP) Okunnuga View teacher instructions
The US Since 2000 C. Hanson No summer assignment
War & Peace in the Modern Middle East K. Hanson No summer assignment
Math courses    
Precalculus All teachers Summer math assignment
Video links
Advanced precalculus All teachers Summer math assignment
Video links
Honors precalculus All teachers

Summer math assignment
Video links

App Design and Development D. Kiang

Download the Develop in Swift Fundamentals textbook.
Complete all of Unit 1: Getting Started with App Development (up to and including the Light project).