Summer Assignments


The Brea Olinda English Department encourages all of our students to be active readers throughout the summer. Students need to be ready to discuss and write about a novel the first week of school.

Honors Literature & Composition I (incoming ninth graders):
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Pearl by John Steinabck 
(Both available from BOHS @ registration in August)

Honors Literature & Composition II (incoming tenth graders):
Be ready for your reading comprehension to be assessed on one of the following books the first week of school:

  • The Picture of Dorian Grey* by Oscar Wilde (Available from BOHS @ registration in August)
  • Silas Marner* by George Eliot (Available from BOHS @ registration in August)
  • Hiroshima* by James Hershey (Available from BOHS @ registration in August)

AP Language & Composition (incoming eleventh graders):
In Cold Blood* by Truman Capote

AP Literature & Composition (incoming twelfth graders):
Choose One:

  • Wuthering Heights* by Emily Bronte (Available from BOHS @ registration in August)
  • White Noise by Don DeLillo
  • All the Pretty Horses* by Cormac McCarthy
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

* = Available free online @
Novels also available at the Public Library


AP European History Summer Assignment

Welcome to the AP European History Summer Assignment.  Students will be asked to do one assignment per week in the summer.  These assignments are designed to prepare students for the first unit of our course The Renaissance.  The assignments will include readings, videos, and writing short answer paragraphs.

All assignments will be done and turned in on

In order to register students must be logged into their school gmail

If you need help getting your school gmail contact Mr. Rotblum at

Here are instructions on how to join

The classroom code to join is tndtk7

Any questions please email me at


Assignments and due dates listed below:

Week 1 Due July 9  Read and answer questions from pdf on Renaissance

Week 2 Due July 16 Video on the Mona Lisa

Week 3 Due July 23 Video on the School of Athens

Week 4 Due July 30 Read and answer questions from pdf on Northern Renaissance

Week 5 Due August 6 Video on Giovanni Arnolfini and His Bride

Week 6 Due August 13  Video on the Ambassadors

Week 7 Due August 20 Write one paragraph of at least 5 sentences answering this question.  Contrast ONE piece of Art from the Italian Renaissance with ONE piece of art from the Northern Renaissance


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