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Summer Assignment

Summer Assignment


The summer assignment is modified from my extra credit assignment throughout the year. Please check my website for information about that if you’re interested. Over the course of the summer pick one book to read from the list below. During the first 9 weeks every student should schedule a conference with Mr. Cato to discuss the details of the book as well as be able to answer questions that Mr. Cato has about the book. Mr. Cato will be able to determine from the conference whether or not the student has read the book so this is a pass/fail assignment. If a student reads a Tier One book they will get a 100 for a homework grade. If a student reads a Tier Two book they will get a 100 for a Quiz grade. If a student reads a Tier Three book they will get a 100 for a Quiz, Homework, and Class Notes grade. Finally, if a student reads a Tier Four book they will get a 100 for a Quiz, Test, Homework, and Class Notes grade. Failure to read any book will result in a Zero for a homework grade during the first 9 weeks. If you read more than one book then you can schedule additional conferences to receive extra credit based on Mr. Cato’s extra credit policy.


Tier One Books (+1 on your final 9 weeks grade)

1) Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade (Barbary Wars)

2) Company Aytch: A Confederate Memoir of the Civil War by Sam R. Watkins (Civil War

3) Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly (Civil War)

4) The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson (Gilded Age/Urbanization)

5) Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose (World War II ETO)

6) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (World War II PTO)


Tier Two Books (+1 on your final 9 weeks grade plus drop your lowest quiz grade)

1) Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis (Early Republic)

2) Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard (Gilded Age Politics/Garfield Assassination)

3) The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (Early 1900s/Innovation)

4) Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (World War I/Unrestricted Submarine Warfare)

5) The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (Dust Bowl/Great Depression)

6) The Arsenal of Democracy by A.J. Baime (Industrialization/WWII Home Front)

7) Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides (World War II PTO)

8) Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides (Civil Rights/Assassination of MLK)


Tier Three Books (+3 on your final 9 weeks grade plus drop your lowest quiz grade)

1) Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson (Colonial Period/Revolution)

2) American Sphinx by Joseph J. Ellis (Thomas Jefferson)

3) Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose (Lewis and Clark Expedition)

4) American Lion by Jon Meacham (Age of Jackson)

5) With Malice Toward None by Stephen B. Oates (Abraham Lincoln/Civil War)

6) The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898 by Evan Thomas (Spanish American War/Yellow Journalism)

7) Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent (Prohibition/Roaring 20s)


Tier Four Books (+3 on your semester grade)

1) Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (Revolution/Early Republic)

2) Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (Revolution/Early Republic)

3) Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963 by Taylor Branch (Civil Rights Movement)