2019-20 Summer Assignments by Department

  • Art Department

    AP Art History 

    English Department

    Radnor High School's English department assigns summer reading for all of its English courses.  Students are expected to return in September having read the book(s) and being prepared to work with it (them). Teachers will teach the book(s) as part of an opening unit and/or ask students to write about it (them) on one of the first days of school. Our Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks offer some of our summer reading selections found on this list. Use your network login information to borrow these books. Download them to any device.

    Music Department

    Honors Band

    Science Department


    AP Chemistry


    Social Studies Department

    Tenth Grade Interdisciplinary (Global Issues)

    • Global Isues
    • Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond


      As you read, consider the following questions:

      How does the past influence the present?

      How does geography determine a country’s social, political, and economic destiny?

      Who has power? How do they get it? How do they keep it?


      Chapters to read for Global Issues


      Chapter 1 Up to the Starting Line

      Chapter 3 Collision at Cajamarca

      Chapter 4 Farmer Power

      Chapter 5 History’s Haves and Have-Nots

      Chapter 10 Spacious Skies and Tilted Axes

      Chapter 11 Lethal Gift of Livestock

      Chapter 13 Necessity’s Mother

      Chapter 14 From Egalitarianism to Kleptocracy

      Chapter 18 Hemispheres Colliding

    Tenth Grade Honors World Studies

    AP United States History

    • In an effort to show you the density of each chapter, you are being asked to read the first two chapters in the book.
    • Read the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.  This is the most commonly assigned reading for students taking APUS nationwide.  There will be a test on this novel during the first two weeks of class.   

    AP European History

    World Language
    AP French Language