Summer & Back-to-School Resources

Upper School

Below you will find summer reading and math assignments for a student's entering grade in the 2019-2020 school year at Colorado Academy, as well as supplies and textbook lists, and links to important resources.

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For students in Grades 11 & 12, click here to find your assigned English class.

2019 Summer Math

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  • Upper School Requirements

    Reading:

    Assignments:
    • All students will receive an invitation to a Google Classroom through their @coloradoacademy email in mid/late July.  Course specific questions, problems, and feedback on work will be through the Google Classroom site. 

    Daily Math Practice: 
    • Brilliant.org: A chance to engage in mathematical thinking and discussion each day. 

    Please contact Pete Horsch with any questions about summer math, placement, or course options for Upper School Mathematics.  

2019 Summer Reading

List of 29 items.

  • AP Chemistry

    AP Chemistry students will have an assignment due on the first day of school, which they can access in Webassign, an online program. Expect an email from Lisa Boes at the beginning of August with the assignment and instructions.
  • Chinese II

    Reading material is assigned in Ponddy APP.
  • Chinese III

    Reading material is assigned in Ponddy APP.
  • Chinese IV

    Reading material is assigned in Ponddy APP.
  • AP Chinese

    Reading material is assigned in Ponddy APP.
  • English Grade Nine

    Coming of Age in the World 
    Please read this Summer Reading letter from the Freshman English Teachers.
  • English Grade Ten

    American LiteratureAll Divisions (optional): Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
  • English Grades Eleven through Twelve

    Find your elective course and see the summer readings below. Click here to see which English class you've been assigned to.

    All Divisions (optional): Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

    AP Literature: 

    Modernism:
    Literature of the Apocalypse:
    Poetry Writing

    Philosophy and Literature
    • 1984 by George Orwell

    Shakespeare
    • - AP Literature

      Students are required to read:All Divisions (optional): Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
    • - Literature of the Apocalypse

      Students are required to read:All Divisions (optional): Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
    • - Modernism

      Students are required to read:
      All Divisions (optional): Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
    • - Philosophy and Literature

      Students are required to read the following:
      • 1984 (Mass Market Paperback) by George Orwell
      All Divisions (optional): Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
    • - Poetry Writing

      Students are required to read the following:All Divisions (optional): Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
    • - Shakespeare

      Students are required to read:All Divisions (optional): Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
    • AP European History

      Students are required to read:

       
    • French II

      French II required reading:
      • Read the first chapter of the ebook, Aventure à Fort Boyard, online. Click here.
      Instructions:
      Read only the first chapter of the book (follow the link). Use the online dictionary WordReference.com to look up words if necessary. On a piece of paper, do the exercises p. 5, and 10. Bring your work to the first day of class. Bonnes vacances!
    • French III

      Reading:
      Read parts 1-3 of "La Parure." Click here to read and download "La Parure."

      Instructions:
      Use WordReference to look up words you don't know and annotate the text (write definitions, reactions, or questions in the margin). Answer the questions at the end of Part 3 in French, in a Google Document.
    • French IV

      French IV required reading:
      • Read the first chapter of the ebook, Chantage dans les vignes, online. Click here.

      Use the online dictionary WordReference.com to look up words if necessary. Do the pages of exercises before and after the first chapter on a piece of paper and bring this to the first day of classes.
    • French Advanced Seminar

      Sur des sites internet francophones, cherchez cet été 3 articles qui vous intéressent sur un thème, par exemple: la science, le sport, la technologie, la musique, l’art, l’écologie, l’innovation, les voyages, la littérature, l’adolescence, la santé, les nouvelles dans le monde, etc. Copiez et collez ces 3 articles dans un document Google et résumez-les, 3-5 phrases par article. Voici le lien des sites de presse francophone (française, européenne, canadienne, et africaine) des Nations Unies: https://news.un.org/fr/
    • AP French

      Les élèves inscrits au cours AP Français en 2019-2020 doivent lire le roman L’enfant noir et suivre ces instructions :
      • Attention, ce livre est long et complexe; commencez la lecture au début de l’été. Il faut avoir l’édition FOCUS STUDENT EDITION. Si vous voulez faire de la recherche, utilisez www.wordreference.com pour le vocabulaire et Tex’s French Grammar (www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/) pour la grammaire.
      • Lisez les notes stylistiques p. 13-15 et La Guinée p. 17.  Lisez chaque chapitre. Certains mots sont expliqués au bas de chaque page et vous trouverez un lexique à la fin du livre. Ne vous inquiétez pas si vous ne comprenez pas tout !
      • Faites les exercices Choix multiples (p. 176…) après la lecture de chaque chapitre. Donnez aussi un titre pour chaque chapitre.
      • Apportez ce travail complet le premier jour de la rentrée scolaire.
    • Global Perspectives in the 21st Century

      There is no required summer reading for this class. 
    • Spanish II

      Spanish II required reading: 
      Instructions:
      • Read through chapter 5, pages. 2-23. Use the glossary in the back to look up anything you don’t understand.
      • Write down the names of all of the main characters, and add descriptions in Spanish.
      • For each chapter, write a 1-2 sentence summary in Spanish using present tense. 
      For questions regarding summer reading, please contact Lisa Todd.
    • Spanish III

      Spanish III required reading:   

      Read the following legends by clicking the links to PDFs below:
      Instructions:
      • Do exercises A and B at the end of each legend. Write answers to part B on a separate sheet of paper to hand in on the first day of school. 
      • Print copies to bring in on the first day of class.
      Please contact Ms. Kelly or Mr. Colodny if you find these legends are too advanced, as this may indicate that a different placement would be more appropriate. Also, please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions. 
    • Spanish IV

      Spanish IV required reading:

      Read the following excerpt by clicking the link to the PDF below:
      Instructions:      
      • Read and understand this excerpt from Jiménez’s autobiography, Cajas de Cartón. Bring this printed copy to the first day of class.
      • Underline/highlight and take reader’s notes as necessary.
      • Complete comprehension activities A & B.
       Please contact Lisa Todd with any questions regarding summer reading.
       
    • Spanish Advanced Seminar

      Complete the summer reading for the instructor you will have in the fall.  If you are unsure whose section you’re in, check your email or contact Sheila ChennellMeg Hill or Daniel Lopez.
       
       “El arte como comentario social” Meg Hill 
       
      Summer assignment for Meg Hill’s section: 

      1) Watch the music video numerous times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zLpacr1DlU 
       
      2) Without referring to any other sources beyond the music video, fill in the blanks to complete the lyrics. 
       
      3) Find the complete lyrics online, compare your answers, and make corrections as necessary. 
       
      4) You should have a very solid understanding of the song’s vocabulary and themes. To that end, look up words as needed and take notes. 
       
      5) Original writing: Write 225-250 words to express your opinion of the song and provide some analysis. Do not use any translation devices; grammatical mistakes are to be expected. Print it, doubled-spaced, and bring it to the first day of class. 


      “Asuntos Sociales de Latinoamerica y Espana” Daniel Lopez
       
      Summer assignment for Daniel Lopez’s section:
       
      1) Read the article “Los Estereotipos Culturales” (attached).
       
      2) Without referring to any other sources, fill in the blanks with a SPANISH synonym for the underlined words.
       
      3) On a separate piece of paper, complete the “Comprension” section.
       
      4) Papel y Lapiz: In 225-250 words, answer the 3 bullet points. Do not use any translation devices; grammatical mistakes are to be expected. Print it, doubled-spaced, and bring it to the first day of class.
    • AP Spanish I: Language & Culture

      AP Spanish I: Language & Culture required reading:
      Instructions:
      • Read and print out the works to bring the first day of class.
      • Complete the following essays, writing a minimum 150 words each, double spaced. You will need to hand these in on the first day of school:
      1. Ensayo 1:¿En qué sentido son, para Martí, una sola patria Cuba y la noche? Comenta el concepto de patria en el sentido que quiere darle Martí aquí, e investiga y describe las razones por las que, en la vida del poeta, el concepto de patria hubiera ocupado un puesto especial.
      1. Ensayo 2: ¿Cómo evoluciona el control psicológico que va cobrando Chac Mool sobre Filiberto? ¿Cómo y por qué muere Filiberto al final? 
      Please contact Jane Kelly with any questions regarding summer reading.                              
    • AP Spanish II: Literature & Culture

      AP Spanish Literatura and Culture required reading:
      • “El hijo” de Horacio Quiroga
      • “Las medias rojas”  de Emilia Pardo Bazán
       Instructions:  
       
      1.  Visit the links here and read both short stories:
       
      2.  Write a two-page essay in Spanish in which you compare and contrast the father-child relationship in both stories.
    • Spanish Heritage Speaker Class

      1.  Visit the webpage for BBC Mundo in the link below: http://www.bbc.com/mundo
      2. Look at the headlines on the main page for each Monday of the last 3 weeks before the start of classes. Take note on just the main headlines. The click on the link for “América Latina” and take note of the main headlines. Do you notice any overlap?
      3. Select one of the news stories from the "América Latina” link that most interested you regarding politics, economy or culture. Research the story further, and create a powerpoint presentation in which you will cover the following points:
        A. The event (what happened)
        B. Background (what led to this particular event? How does it fit into the country’s current situation?)
        C. Consequences or repercussions of the event (Does this event cause a change or shift in the life of that nation? Who is affected by this event?).
      Please, include a map of the country in which the event took place and images related to the story in your presentation. The first day of class you will be sharing your work with your classmates and you will hand in the notes you took during the 3 Mondays you followed the news on the BBC website.
    • War on Terror

      Students are required to read War by Sebastian Junger.

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