Summer Reading & Math

Upper School

2020 Summer Assignments
Below you will find Summer assignments for a student's entering grade in the 2020-2021 school year at Colorado Academy. 

Fall textbook lists will be shared later in the Summer.

English

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

Math

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

World Languages

List of 16 frequently asked questions.

  • 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 DU Chinese APP.
  • AP Chinese

    Reading material is assigned in DU Chinese APP.
  • French II

    French II required reading:
    Instructions:

    Read only the first chapter of the book. Use the online dictionary WordReference.com to look up words if necessary. On a piece of paper, do the exercises on page 5 and page 10. Bring your work to the first day of class. Bonnes vacances!
  • French III

    Reading:
    Read parts 1-3 of "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:
    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.
  • Spanish II

    Spanish II required reading:
     
    Mira Canion, Agentes secretos y el mural de Picasso

    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 or David Colodny.
     
  • Spanish III

    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 
    Francisco Jiménez Cajas de cartón (click to download PDF).
     
    Instructions:     
    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 will be a Senior, you will start Trimester 1 with Sra. Hill. If you are in Grades 10 or 11, you will have Sr. Lopez. Please contact Meg Hill or Daniel Lopez with any questions.
     
     
    “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, double-spaced, and bring 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” (linked).
     
    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 to the first day of class.
  • AP Spanish I: Language & Culture

    Summer Reading assignment (2 parts):

    1)      Read the following e-mail from your teacher and provide a detailed, formal response. Be sure to respond to all of the questions.

    De: Profesora Jane Kelly

    Asunto: Tu curso de AP lengua

    Estimado/a estudiante de español:
    Recibes este mensaje porque pronto estarás empezando el curso de AP Español Lengua y Cultura y es esencial que comprendas los objetivos del curso. Pero primero, me gustaría que me dieras un poco de información sobre ti. Sé que tienes interés en continuar tu estudio del idioma. ¿Podrías explicar por qué piensas que es importante aprender otro idioma? ¿Por qué has elegido español? ¿Cómo ha sido tu preparación académica en español? Me gustaría escuchar las opiniones de mis estudiantes acerca de estos temas.  

    En este curso haremos muchas actividades para mejorar tu fluidez en español, para desarrollar tu capacidad de comunicar tus ideas y para ampliar tu conocimiento de las culturas de habla española. ¿Hay alguna habilidad comunicativa en particular en la que querrás enfocarte más? ¿Cuáles son algunos temas culturales que te interesaría explorar?  

    Para hacerte llegar más fácilmente el contenido del curso, uno de los recursos que utilizaremos será en línea, un sitio de internet donde puedes encontrar ejercicios y oportunidades para trabajar y compartir con tus compañeros de clase. ¿Cuál es tu opinión sobre el uso de tecnología en las escuelas?

    Estoy a la espera de tu respuesta el primer día de clases. Gracias por tu interés en este curso.

    Te saluda atentamente,

    Sra. Jane Kelly

    Profesora de AP Español Lengua y Cultura
     
    2)      Choose a global theme (i.e. the environment, education, the economy, immigration, healthcare, technology, contemporary life, national identity, the arts, etc). Look for and read two current articles (in Spanish) about this theme in the Spanish-speaking world. Write a paragraph about what you find, answering the question: ¿Qué papel tiene este tema global en el mundo hispanohablante? Be sure to include links to your sources.
  • AP Spanish II: Literature & Culture

    AP Spanish Literatura and Culture required reading:

    Read both short stories below:
    Write a two-page essay in Spanish in which you compare and contrast the father-child relationship in both stories.
  • Spanish Heritage Speaker Class

    Visit the webpage for BBC Mundo: http://www.bbc.com/mundo

    1) Look at the headlines on the main page for each Monday of the last three 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?

    2) 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:
    • The event (what happened)
    • Background (what led to this particular event? How does it fit into the country’s current situation?)
    • 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 three Mondays you followed the news on the BBC website.

Science

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

  • 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.

Social Studies

List of 3 frequently asked questions.