Summer Assignments for 
 Honors / AP Classes 2017-18

These are required summer assignments for students who have been accepted into one of these Honors or AP level courses for the 2017-18 school year.  You may also pick up hard copies in the WAHS front office. 

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

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 from link above 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​

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Study Guide Required - Download from link above 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

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 

This complex, satirical, and provocative novel is one of the most important and enduring works of American literature. 

11th Grade AP U.S. History

Summer Reading Assignment
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 ONE novel chosen from the following list: 

  • The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton) 
  • The Awakening (Kate Chopin) *  
  • Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) *
  • Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) *
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway) 
  • Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë) *

* School copies of these selections are available for loan.

Be sure to use the Web Guide ​resources to help you complete the required Study Guide.

You may also prepare a second reading from the list for extra credit in the first nine weeks/first semester. 



AP World History

Summer Assignment Letter

Materials for your summer assignment 

may be found here: 

Mrs. Mulcahy's World History AP Classroom

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


AP Government

Summer Reading Assignment

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.

AP Spanish

AP Spanish Summer Work​​

Click on the link above for your
AP Spanish summer assignment.

AP French

Click on the link above for your
AP French summer assignment. 

AP Biology​

ch. 2-3 | ch. 4 | ch. 5 | ch. 6​

Students taking AP Biology during the 2017-2018 school year will not have a required summer assignment.  Students are invited to check out the AP Biology textbook for the summer and complete as many of the first five Guided Reading homework assignments as you wish.  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.

If you have any questions concerning AP Biology contact me by email at

AP Chemistry

Summer Letter

Summer Assignment​

AP Chemistry is built 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, then 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 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.