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2022-2023 Summer Reading

Below, students will find summer assignments for select courses. Not every course will have summer work. Please scroll for all courses.

SUMMER READING

Weber's goal with summer reading is to encourage students to become life-long readers who read critically, insightfully, and enjoyably.  During the first weeks of school, English teachers will assess students on the summer reading assignments through in-class writing assignments. In order to prepare for summer reading assessments, students should plan their time wisely and read carefully.  

Summer Reading

List of 4 items.

  • 9th Grade

    9th Grade CP
    Eli Saslow’s Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist ISBN#: 978-0525434955
    9th Grade Honors
    Eli Saslow’s Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist ISBN#: 978-0525434955

    9th Grade CP
    Students will read Eli Saslow’s Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist, a powerful story from a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter of how a prominent white supremacist changed his heart and mind. This text which follows Derek Black’s journey to disavow everything he once believed, demonstrates the power of friendship as the protagonist is guided by Jewish friends who reach out to him in love and acceptance. Not only does this story highlight the beauty and transformative qualities of weekly Shabbat dinners, but this text will also serve as the 9th graders’ first read in their Empathy Unit.  

    9th Grade Honors
    Students will read Eli Saslow’s Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist, a powerful story from a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter of how a prominent white supremacist changed his heart and mind. This text which follows Derek Black’s journey to disavow everything he once believed, demonstrates the power of friendship as the protagonist is guided by Jewish friends who reach out to him in love and acceptance. Not only does this story highlight the beauty and transformative qualities of weekly Shabbat dinners, but this text will also serve as the 9th graders’ first read in their Empathy Unit.  
  • 10th Grade

    10th Grade CP
    Len Vlahos’ Hard Wired ISBN# 978-1681190372
    10th Grade Honors
    Suki Kim’s Without You, There Is No Us 
    ISBN# 978-0307720665
    10th Grade AP Seminar
    Steven Levitt’s and Stephen Daubner’s Think Like a Freak 
    ISBN# 978-0062218346

    10th Grade CP: Students will read Len Vlahos’ Hard Wired, a speculative text that questions some basic ideas about what it means to be human: what makes someone a person? What makes a family? What does friendship look like? When should we defer to authority and when should we push back? By engaging these questions in a speculative text, students will set an ideological foundation for our course in which we will be reading a selection of texts from around the world and engaging these guiding questions. 

    10th Grade H: Students will read Suki Kim’s Without You, There is No Us, a topical memoir of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign. Her story provides a rare glimpse into the world’s most secretive country, revealing essential questions of how we discover truth and resist disinformation. 

    10th Grade AP Seminar: Students in AP Seminar will read Steven Levitt’s and Stephen Daubner’s Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain, which takes us inside their thought processes and teaches us all how to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally. In Think Like A Freak, Levitt and Daubner offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms.  An annotation assignment accompanies the text as part of the summer reading assignment for AP Seminar.


  • 11th Grade

    11th Grade CP
    Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
    ISBN# ​​978-0142437339
    11th Grade Honors
    Jessmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones
    ISBN# 978-1608196265 
    11th Grade AP Language
    Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption ISBN#: 978-0-8129-8496-5
    Jason Hardy’s The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison ISBN#: 978-1982128609
    11th Grade AP Seminar
    Steven Levitt’s and Stephen Daubner’s Think Like a Freak 
    ISBN# 978-0062218346

    11th Grade CP: Students will read Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a classic play about the witch-hunts and trials in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts. An allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists, The Crucible asks critical questions about whether a governing political body has the right to dictate morality and what we will risk to defend our personal integrity. 

    11th Grade Honors: Students will read Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones, a novel that chronicles the story of a poor, rural family in Mississippi preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina. Told through the eyes of 15 year old narrator Esch, the novel—the 2011 National Book Award winner— explores the intersection of the course’s four central themes: class, race, environment, and gender. 

    11th Grade AP Seminar: Students in AP Seminar will read Steven Levitt’s and Stephen Daubner’s Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain, which takes us inside their thought processes and teaches us all how to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally. In Think Like A Freak, Levitt and Daubner offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms.  An annotation assignment accompanies the text as part of the summer reading assignment for AP Seminar.

    11th Grade AP Language: Students will read Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, a powerful memoir that documents his career as an attorney representing disadvantaged clients. This text serves as an important complement to the class trip to Montgomery, Alabama where we will visit The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, often called The Lynching Memorial, two remembrance and educational sites created by the Equal Justice Initiative, the non-profit organization that Stevenson founded.  

    The second book 11th AP Lang will read is Jason Hardy’s The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison, which tells the story of the author’s experience becoming a parole officer in New Orleans. This text will further the class’ exploration of the judicial system in the United States. 


  • 12th Grade

    12th Grade CP/Honors
    Etgar Keret’s The Seven Good Years ISBN#:978-0399576003
    12th Grade AP Language
    Jason Hardy’s The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison ISBN#: 978-1982128609
    12th Grade AP Literature
    Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
    ISBN# 978-0060850524
    Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies
    ISBN# 978-0395927205

    12th Grade CP/Honors
    Students will read Etgar Keret’s The Seven Good Years, a compelling memoir that explores Keret’s ordinary observations and extraordinary epiphanies during the seven years between the birth of his son and the death of his father. Keret finds humor in pain and light in darkness, not only reminding the reader of what it is like to live in Israel with a continuous threat of war but also illustrating another way to embrace and celebrate the challenges of life. As Seniors begin the process of applying to college and crossing the daunting threshold from childhood to adulthood, we will use the themes in The Seven Good Years to ask complex questions about human nature and society and to analyze and articulate our own identities and dreams for the future. 

    12th Grade AP Language: Students will read Jason Hardy’s The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison, which tells the story of the author’s experience becoming a parole officer in New Orleans. This text will further the class’ exploration of the judicial system in the United States.  

    12th Grade AP Literature: Students will read two texts. The first, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, presents a futuristic, dystopian society called the World State, whose inhabitants are genetically constructed and socially conditioned to lose their individuality: “everyone belongs to everyone else” (a common World State dictum). Written in 1932, when science fiction was in its infancy, the novel predicts medical and technical advances with surprising accuracy, asking critically important questions such as how much of our rights should be surrendered to the government to ensure security, stability, and happiness?

    The second is Jumpha Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies, the Pulitzer Prize winning short story collection. Through these nine poignant stories, Lahiri relates the Indian immigrant experience, highlighting the nostalgic separation from one’s family and culture and the quest for integration into the American melting pot. 

AP CHEMISTRY

The purpose of this packet is to provide students with a review of topics that will be vital to mastering the content in AP Chemistry. The packet contains notes, videos, review problems, and resources that will be helpful in preparing for the course. Students should expect an assessment of the information provided in this packet within the first week of class.

AP Chemistry

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AP CALCULUS AB AND BC

  • Print and complete these worksheets by the first day of class. You should be able to fit your work on these pages; if not, attach your scratch work to the back of the packet.
  • Mysterious or unsupported answers may not receive credit.
  • This will be your first graded assignment in AP Calculus AB/BC. The work you provide is expected to be your own.

Questions about Summer Work?

List of 5 members.

  • Charlie McQuade 

    Grade Level Dean for 9th and 10th Grades / Social Studies Teacher
  • Carrie Runnels 

    Grade Level Dean for 11th and 12th Grades / Mathematics Teacher
  • Holly Chesser 

    Dean of English / English Teacher
  • Herschel Revzin 

    Dean of Mathematics/Mathematics Teacher
  • Sally Murphy 

    Science Teacher
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