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Summer Assignments

2017 Summer Assignments

During the summer, students are encouraged to read books and articles that interest them.

In addition to reading, there are the specific summer assignments required for the 2017-18 school year courses. All students are required to complete the English and Mathematics assignments and some students have additional course summer assignments. Some documents below are in Adobe Portable Document Format. You will need to have the latest version of the Adobe Reader to view and print some of these documents. Go to Get Adobe Reader for the a free copy of the latest version.

Additionally, some courses require specific supplies purchased before the start of school year. Please check the Supply List throughout the summer for class supplies if applicable.

The following assignments must be completed by students in the summer prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year - check back frequently as this page will be updated on a regular basis.

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English Department Summer Assignments

Each student should complete their summer assignment and be prepared to discuss the text(s) and be assessed on the first day of their English class. Your teachers have chosen novels they hope you will enjoy. Read with care. Take notes. If you are reading your book early in the summer, take some time in August to refamiliarize yourself with the text so you can be an active contributor in class. Start the year off right!


Literature and Composition -

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (ISBN-10: 1451673310) -
Honors Literature and Composition (Two novels) -
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (ISBN-10: 1451673310)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (ISBN-10: 0062315005)



Rhetoric and Honors Rhetoric -

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (ISBN-10: 0062073486)



American Literature -

Life of Pi by Yann Martel (ISBN-10: 0156027321)

AP English Language and Composition (Two novels) -

Life of Pi by Yann Martel (ISBN-10: 0156027321)
Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis (ISBN-10: 0374534985)


British Literature (College Essay Draft - see below - and One Novel) -

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (ISBN-10: 0060850523)

AP English Literature and Composition (College Essay Draft - see below - and Two Novels) -

*** AP students who receive a C- or below on their summer reading assessment(s) will automatically lose their place in AP and will be placed in British Literature. All students must turn in a draft of their college essay on the first day, as well to remain in the AP course. ***

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (ISBN-10: 0060850523)
Purple Hibiscus: A Novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (ISBN-10: 1616202416)

College Essay Draft (To be completed by ALL seniors):

All seniors should arrive to the first meeting of their English class with a typed, full length draft of an essay they plan to submit with their college application(s).

A good college essay begins with an anecdote and offers a “slice of (your) life” written in a narrative style. To give you some background on anecdotes and help you brainstorm for your essay, please watch this short video “How to Write an Anecdote”:

You can find more information and strategies for writing an essay that will help you stand out at The website offers specific advice for tailoring your essays to the questions found on the Common App along with many other popular applications. This is by no means the only place to find college essay help, so please do your research. Look up the admissions requirements for colleges you wish to attend. Invest the time in a stellar draft of your essay this summer so you are not scrambling to put something together at the last minute. You should be PROUD to turn in the draft to your senior English teacher on September 5th or 6th. It will receive a pass/fail grade.

Mrs. Auchmoody and Ms. Treichel are here to support you, as well!

Fine Arts

Fine Arts Department Summer Assignments

Assignments to be posted shortly.


Math Department Summer Assignments

Summer Math Packets for 2017

Summer math packets are available through You must log into in order to complete the summer assignment. The summer packet is required and will count as a grade. You DO NOT need to print out the packet, your answers are submitted electronically through the website. Just be sure to save your work as you move through the packet.

Please note that the website is: (not Click on the link that describes your status at BMHS, then follow the instructions:


Social Studies


Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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