The CBA Summer Reading Program allows students to explore compelling and topical works associated with the various subject disciplines they will encounter during the school year.
All students will be tested on their Summer Reading books in the opening weeks of the new school year. This test grade will equal 10% of the first academic quarter grade in each of these classes. It is recommended that your son begins reading by July 1 so he can thoroughly read and prepare for his tests and classroom discussions.
Summer Reading tests include multiple-choice and short answer questions.
ISBN numbers have been provided below to help you locate the correct title. You may purchase whatever format (paperback, hardcover, e-reader, audiobook, etc.) that you prefer to use.
How To Prepare
We are confident each student can do well on his tests if he prepares accordingly:
1. Review the book list carefully and only read those books that pertain to courses you will take. 2. Get your books early!
3. Ask your son regularly about his reading progress.
4. Encourage your son to take notes for later reference. This is especially important for the first books he reads.
5. Remember that all fiction and most non-fiction can be reduced to these elements:
PLOT (what is happening?)
CHARACTER (who is making it happen?)
SETTING (where and when is it happening?)
THEME (what is the point of it all?)
Note: Students who change courses over the summer are still responsible for the summer reading for that new course.
We hope that the Oath book helps your son gain a deeper understanding of the Academy Oath. While he will not be tested on this book in September, there are plans to incorporate the book as part of a school-wide assembly at the beginning of the year. Also, teachers have been encouraged to incorporate themes of the book into their lesson plans where appropriate.
ACADEMY OATH: Just Mercy, Bryan Stephenson, ISBN: 978-0812984965
ENGLISH IV STANDARD:Born a Crime, Trevor Noah, ISBN: 978-0399588174
AP ENGLISH LIT: A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole, ISBN: 978-0802130204
THEOLOGY IV STANDARD (DIMENSIONS OF CATHOLIC LIFE): The Messy Quest for Meaning, Stephen Martin, ISBN: 978-1933495323
THEOLOGY IV HONORS (THEOLOGICAL INQUIRY): The Abbey, James Martin, ISBN: 978-0062401861
GURU: Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl, ISBN: 978-0807014295
CHRISTIAN SERVICE:(Choose one of the following):
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins, ISBN: 978-0452287082 The True Cost of Low Prices: The Violence of Globalization, Vincent Gallagher, ISBN: 978-1626980020 Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich, ISBN: 978-0312626686 Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0, Thomas L. Friedman, ISBN: 978-0312428921 Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, John de Graaf, et. al., ISBN: 978-1609949273 An Invisible Thread, Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski, ISBN: 978-1451648973
AP EUROPEAN HISTORY:The Relic Master, Christopher Buckley, ISBN: 978-1501125751
AP ART HISTORY: Instant Art History; From Cave Art to Pop Art, Walter Robinson, ISBN: 978-0449906989
AP CHEMISTRY:The Disappearing Spoon: And Other Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, Sam Kean, ISBN: 978-0316051637
AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: The World Without Us, Alan Weisman, ISBN: 978-0312427900