Summer Reading Assignment
Read the following carefully:
Ladies and Gentlemen,
You are to be commended for stepping up to the plate to accept this awesome challenge! Pre A.P. World History is a demanding course that is meant to prepare you to take Advanced Placement as Juniors. It is jam-packed with information about our past…all our past, from 8,000 BCE -2013 CE.
There are two purposes for this summer reading. First, this reading will provide you with a good overview of the philosophy and give you some knowledge with which to begin the college-level work you will be doing in the fall. The summer reading should be a good review for you and help bring you up to speed for the class. Second, the reading will give you a new view of World History, a view that will help you develop a more sophisticated view of historical study and interpretation. The summer reading assignment is DUE Tuesday, September 3rd. Late work will be penalized 10 points for each class period it is late. It is a Major Grade!
The text for the summer reading assignment is:
1. A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich. This book is available in most bookstores and is also online. You’ll probably find the best prices through Half.com or Amazon.com. It may be available at Half Price Bookstore.
1. Actively read A Little History of the World. Ch. 1-18 (pg. 1-110). We will continue to read the book throughout the year, as a supplement to our other readings. 2. Keep a detailed reflective journal in a composition notebook. You will create one journal entry for each chapter (18 total chapters means 18 journal entries.) Give the title to each entry that you feel best expresses your feelings about what you read. In each journal entry you must discuss: a. The people and time period discussed in the chapter b. Man/Womankind’s achievements discussed in the chapter. c. Man/Womankind‘s failures discussed in the chapter. d. Your answer to the following questions: i. What impact did these achievements/failures have on the world?