Required Summer Reading
for Honors / AP Classes 2015-16

These books are required summer reading for students who have been accepted into an Honors or AP level course for the 2015-2016 school year. Be sure to download the Complete Requirements for your class and complete the study guide as instructed. If these document links don't work on the first click, simply try again. You may also pick up hard copies in the WAHS front office. Books with a * are available in eBook format via the Library catalog or by following the instructions below. All books listed are available for purchase at Over the Moon Bookstore in Crozet.

9th grade English | 10th grade English | 11th grade AP U.S. History | 11th grade Honors English | 12th grade AP English | AP Art | AP Biology | AP Chemistry | AP World History | AP French | AP Government | AP Spanish | Photo II/III | Algebra II | eBook Instructions

9th Grade Honors English

Summer Reading Letter | Study Guide

Edith Hamilton, Mythology* (1942) - parts one, two, and three only.

A collection of Greek, Roman, and Norse myths retold by the author.

Study Guide Required - Download here or pick up a paper copy in the WAHS main office. Due on the first day of school in the fall.

10th Grade Honors English

Summer Reading Letter | Study Guide

John Steinbeck, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights* (1976)

Steinbeck, who credited these stories with getting him hooked on reading as a child, retells Sir Thomas Malory's tales of King Arthur and his knights in modern language, based on Malory's Winchester manuscripts and other sources.

Study Guide Required - Download here or pick up a paper copy in the WAHS main office. Due on the first day of school in the fall.

11th Grade Honors English
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (193x)

John Steinbeck’s masterpiece is set during the Great Depression and chronicles the lives of the Joads as they flee the Dust Bowl for the promise of California.  The novel earned Steinbeck both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and it was a major factor in Steinbeck’s selection as a Nobel Prize winner.  This is one of the most important and enduring works of American literature.

11th Grade AP U.S. History

Solomon Northrup, Twelve Years a Slave* (1853)

To help students understand the toll slavery took on both its practitioners and its victims, we will read this true account of how the author grew up a free African American in New York and was lured south, kidnapped, and sold into slavery.

Electronic edition available at 

12th Grade AP English

Summer Reading Letter | Study Guide
Web Guide

Read TWO novels, one each from the following lists:

  1. Class List
    • George Orwell, 1984* (1949)
    • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice* (1813)
  2. Classic Miscellany
    • Joseph Heller, Catch-22* (1961)
    • Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
    • E. M. Forster, A Room With a View* (1902)
    • Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady* (1881)
    • Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights* (1847)

Be sure to use the WEB GUIDE of resources to help you complete the two required Study Guides

Two Study Guides Required - Download here or pick up a paper copy in the WAHS main office. Due on the first day of school in the fall.

School copies of some of these selections are available for loan. 


AP World History

Complete Requirements

Materials for your summer assignment may be found at Mrs. Mulcahy's classroom website at

All assignments are due on the first day back to school in the fall.

AP Government

Complete Requirements

Chris Matthews, Hardball (1999)

Matthews defines the title term: "Hardball is clean, aggressive, Machiavellian politics. It is the discipline of gaining and holding power, useful to any profession or undertaking, but practiced most openly and unashamedly in the world of public affairs." Read the book carefully and be prepared to take a quiz during the second week of school. Rubric available at the link above

AP Spanish

Complete Requirements

San Manuel Bueno, mártir por Miguel de Unamuno (1931)

Es una novela sobre la duda individual frente a la felicidad comunal, la razón intelectual frente a la fe ciega, la pseudo-hipocresía frente al engaño benévolo...

To be read only in Spanish--on your honor. Catedra edition required (can be purchased on For all information regarding the required summer reading & speaking activities, visit the class webpage at

You may contact Sra. Pugh if you have any questions using the Contact Form on her home page.

AP French

There is no summer assignment for rising AP French students this year. Students are encouraged to read a novel of their choice in French over the summer. Watch a French movie, eat at a French restaurant (and order in French), and bonnes vacances!

​Algebra II

 Summer Work Packet | Teaching Guide   

These resources are provided for students who will take any level of Algebra 2 in the fall of 2015, and their parents. To help remind students about Algebra 1 skills that are necessary for Algebra 2, we have created the Summer Work Packet and Teaching Guide linked above. These contain practice problems that we suggest be completed without a calculator. These are not required, but are highly recommended for all students taking Algebra 2 in the fall.

AP Biology

ch. 2-3 | ch. 4 | ch. 5

Students taking AP Biology during the 2015-2016 school year will not have a required summer assignment.  Students are invited to check out the AP Biology textbook for the summer and complete the first few Guided Reading homework assignments.  We will be setting a fast pace, so  advance preparation may make the beginning of the year go more smoothly.  This is not a requirement, but an opportunity. 

AP Chemistry

Summer Letter

AP Chemistry builds on information from your first year course. Please read the summer letter and then complete the required work. If you did not already receive a hard copy of the handouts from Mrs. Stutzman before the end of the school year, than you need to pick up your copy in the WAHS main office. Some of the work is due on the first day of school, and will be checked. Have a great summer!

AP Physics

AP Physics 1 has no summer assignment. Students entering AP Physics 2 need to pick up their summer packet from Ms. Taylor or the front office. Have a great summer! 

​AP Art
You will be submitting 24 pieces of Art to the AP Board in May. To keep you practiced at making art and to build finished works for the portfolio, please create 3 to 5 pieces this summer (this will take a lot of pressure off your deadlines next year). Read the complete requirements for details and topic ideas. These will be the first works we critique and will count as your first grades in the fall.
Photography II / III
Take at least 36 pictures of any combination of at least FOUR of the 20 themes listed at the Complete Requirements link above. Save to a jump drive and bring with you the first class period of 2014-15.

* These titles are available in eBook format on FollettShelf. They can be read online or checked out to a computer, iPad, or other mobile device. A few are also available as streaming/downloadable audiobooks. Directions for accessing an ebook or audiobook on your computer or downloading the Follett BryteWave app are linked here. Login information is available from the WAHS main office or behind the gold key.