• The Social Studies department requires summer reading as a part of course curriculum for most of our Advanced Placement courses. We believe these readings and assignments introduce students to the level of reading they will encounter during the school year and prepare students for success in these rigorous classes.

    The following courses have Summer Reading and related assignments:

    • Social Studies 9 Advanced World History (grade 9)
    • AP World History: Modern (grade 10)
    • AP United States History (grade 11)
    • AP Economics (grade 12)
    • AP US Government & Politics (grade 12)

    Students who are enrolled in the above courses for the 2020-21 school year are required to complete the summer work.  All summer assignments and related detailed information are posted at the top of this page.  

    IMPORTANT NOTE: AP US HISTORY STUDENTS WILL NEED ONLINE ACCESS TO TEXTBOOK IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE ASSIGNMENT.  THE ONLINE ACCESS CODE IS NOW AVAILABLE ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM.  E-mail Ms. Steindam with any questions at mara_steindam@manhassetschools.org

    In September, students will be assessed on required reading in their Social Studies class and/or will be required to submit their written assignment. The assignments will take the form of a writing task in which students reference their knowledge and understanding of the required material.  Students will be able to ask teachers about required books and the assignment prior to submission due date.         

    If you have any questions about Social Studies summer reading please contact Mara Steindam,District Coordinator, Social Studies  at 267-7576 or via email at Mara_Steindam@manhassetschools.org

    We encourage our students to continue developing the habits of good readers and to include reading as a part of their academic and leisure activities.  To this end, below is a list of suggested titles for summer reading.  These are not required but merely a suggestion for interested students. Thank you for support of the summer reading program.

    Social Studies Related Titles for Suggested Reading(these books are not required reading)

    Grade 8

    • Hersey, John. Hiroshima
    • Marrin, Albert. The Great Adventure: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Modern America,

    Grade 9:

    • Weatherford, Jack. The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire

    Grade 10

    • Harden, Blaine. Escape from Camp 14
    • Lipiner, Lucy. Long Journey Home: A Young Girl's Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust

    Grade 11

    • McCullough, David. 1776
    • Pattillo Beals, Melba. Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High

    Grade 12

    • Friedman, Thomas. The World Is Flat
    • Levitt, Steven, & Dubner, Stephen. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything