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Textbooks: Upper school summer assignments

Menlo School required texts

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

All  teachers The Fifth Season N.K. Jemisin 9780316229296 View teacher instructions
    When the Emperor was Divine Julie Otsuka 9780385721813  
 
English 2 (Sophomores)
Two required books
All teachers Homegoing Yaa Gyasi 9781101971062 Homegoing reading guide
    Into Thin Air John Krakauer 9780385494786 Into Thin Air reading guide
 
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)
 

Sincoff/King Readings are listed on teacher instructions page.     View teacher instructions
English Literature (AP):
One required title plus one book from teacher instructions list. Two books in total.
Pressesky Oryx and Crake
(required)
Margaret Atwood 9780385721677 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
 
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
 
Emerson Ramsey No reading; see assignment sheet for journaling instructions     View teacher instructions
 
Gothic South Newton As I Lay Dying
(1991 edition)
William Faulkner 9780679732259 View teacher instructions
 
Investigations Plamondon League of Denial Mark Fainaru-Wada 9780770437541 View teacher instructions
    Listen to one of five podcasts from a list of options      
 
Medicine & Narrative Blumenthal Choose one book from the list on the assignment sheet     View teacher instructions
 
Modernist Poetry Workshop Bush Modernism: An Anthology Lawrence Rainey 9780631204497 View teacher instructions
 

Upper School history and math summer assignments

Course Teacher Assignment
 
History courses    
Freshman Modern World History All teachers View teacher instruction
Menlo Okta login required to access assigned reading - login info will be sent to students new to Menlo near the end of June.
Sophomore US History All teachers View teacher instructions 
Menlo Okta login required to access assigned reading - login info will be sent to students new to Menlo near the end of June.
Economics (AP) C. Hanson No summer assignment
Ethnic Studies Borbón View teacher instructions
European History (AP) K. Hanson View teacher instructions
Gender & Queer Studies Nelson View teacher instructions
Global Issues for Global Citizens Nelson 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
Renaissance: Humanities Gertmenian View teacher instructions
US Economic History C. Hanson No summer assignment
United States Government (AP) Okunnuga View teacher instructions
War & Peace in the Modern Middle East K. Hanson No summer assignment
 
Math courses    
Precalculus All teachers Summer math assignment
Video links
Solutions
Advanced precalculus All teachers Summer math assignment
Video links
Solutions
Honors precalculus All teachers

Summer math assignment
Video links
Solutions

App Design & Development 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)