Dumont High School Summer Assignments

Below are the summer assignments for English language arts, honors history, and Virtual High School AP classes.

English Language Arts

Summer Reading Assignment:

  1. Read the full text. Familiarize yourself with the characters, setting, plot, and theme of the text you choose.
  2. Optional but strongly recommended: Take notes as you read. Students will be allowed to use handwritten notes on the Summer Reading Assessment (no typed notes, printouts, or photocopies allowed).

Assignment by Grade

  • ELA 9 Inclusion: Download this file and follow the directions.
  • ELA 9: Choose one text from the Grade 9 List.
  • ELA 9 Honors: Choose one text from the Grade 9 List.
  • ELA 10: Choose one text from the Grade 10 List.
  • ELA 10 Honors: Choose two texts from the Grade 10 List.
  • ELA 11: Choose one text from the Grade 11 List.
  • ELA 11 Honors: For the Grade 11 Honors Summer Assignment, please see Mrs. Collins
  • ELA 12: Choose one text from the Grade 12 List.
  • ELA 12 Honors: For the Grade 12 Honors Summer Assignment, please download here or see Mr. Goncalo
  • ELA 12 AP Language and Composition: For the Grade 12 AP Language and Composition Summer Assignment, please see Mrs. Collins

Book Choices

Grade 9

  • Oedipus Rex/Oedipus King of Thebes - Sophocles
  • Anthem - Ayn Rand
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
  • Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

Grade 10

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
  • The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
  • Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton
  • The Call of the Wild - Jack London

Grade 11

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
  • The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
  • The Awakening - Kate Chopin
  • The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson

Grade 12

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  • Sense & Sensibility - Jane Austen
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne

Book Availability:

All texts are available in the public domain. This means that the full text of the book is available for free online. There are many sites that will have the text. However, Project Gutenberg is a reliable source and has all 20 books from the reading list available. The web address for Project Gutenberg is: http://www.gutenberg.org/

  • To read the text online, choose the Format Read This Book Online: HTML
  • Students also have the option of purchasing a copy of the book for their own personal use or borrowing a copy from their local library.


The Summer Reading Assessment will require students to identify a quote from the book. Students should be able to identify and describe the speaker, explain the connection between the main character(s) and the speaker, and discuss how the quote connects to the story as a whole (theme). Please see below for a Sample Assessment, Sample Response, and Grading Rubric. 

Sample Assessment:

Name: __________________________________________________ Date: ______________

Quote Identification: Read the quote from the story in the box, below. In an organized and well-developed paragraph using relevant and specific details from the story, identify and describe the speaker, explain the connection between the main character(s) and the speaker, and discuss how the quote connects to the story as a whole (theme).

from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Sample Response:

This quote is spoken by Atticus Finch. In this book, the main character is Scout Finch. Atticus is Scout’s father. He’s is a lawyer in Maycomb, Alabama who defends a man named Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is black, and has been accused of raping a white woman. Most of the people in the town are racist, so they believe that Tom Robinson is guilty just because he is black. In this quote, Atticus is explaining to Scout that this is not the right way to think about people. He is telling Scout that you never know a person until you walk in their shoes. In other words, you shouldn’t judge someone until you get to know them and see things from their point of view.

Testing Dates:

  • A Week Assessment: Friday, September 15
  • B Week Assessment: Monday, September 18

Grading Rubric 

Click here to download the rubric (PDF)


Please e-mail Ms. Rebello at jrebello@dimanregional.org


Contemporary US History Honors

 Students are required to log into Google Classroom with the code:   oczmy3z

All students should complete the 5 modules as assigned on Mr. Santos’  Google Classroom.

Honors United States History II

All students going into sophomore Honors United States History II are required to do the following over your summer break and the first cycle of academics:

  • Read Audacity by Melanie Crowder
    • See Mr. Doyle, Mr. Librera, or Mr. Furtado for a copy of the book
  • Complete independent research on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and answer the following…
    • Who was involved in this incident
    • Where did this accident happen
    • When did this accident happen
    • Briefly describe what happened and possible reasons for why this accident happened
  • Be ready to write an essay on a prompt given during the second week of the first academic cycle regarding your reading and your independent research.  Due date of essay to be determined during the first academic cycle.

Completion of the summer assignment determines eligibility to remain in the honors history program.

If there are any questions regarding the assignment over summer vacation email Mr. Furtado- mfurtado@dimanregional.org

World History Honors

The Summer Assignment will be a review of one of the important issues from last year’s Contemporary United States History Class - Civil Rights. Your assignment over the summer will be to delve deeper into Civil Rights Era, do research to improve your knowledge and prepare an essay on Civil Rights. Human rights is an essential issue all throughout the next year’s World History Honor class and a deeper look into Civil Rights in our country will assist us in understanding other cultures and communities.  It will also be our first attempt at writing an essay with historical content and is a skill that we will continue to develop through the school year and every cycle.

Essay Question- What were the three most influential events during the Civil Rights Era (1945-1980) and how did they shape the movement? Your essay will include historical facts and evidence to support your ideas.

You will need to follow all the requirements listed below;

Define all of the terms, people and events (listed below)
Outline of the topic to include Thesis with Introduction, Main ideas, supporting concrete evidence for each main idea and conclusion
Parenthetical Citation – MLA will be used for all of your research.
Take Notes of all of your research including websites, textbooks, conversations with other students, etc- . We will properly cite all of your “research” information – outline form is acceptable

Vocabulary, People & Events

  • De Jure Segregation 
  • De Facto Segregation 
  • Thurgood Marshall 
  • Jim Crow 
  • Segregation 
  • Brown v Board of Education 
  • Little Rock, AR & Little Rock Nine 
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Rosa Parks 
  • MLK Jr. 
  • Sit-ins 
  • Freedom Ride
  • James Meredith and U of Mississippi
  • Birmingham, AL
  • March on Washington
  • Medgar Evers 
  • Filibuster
  • Freedom summer 
  • Voting Rights Act 
  • Selma 
  • Riots 
  • Malcolm X 
  • Black Panthers 
  • Fannie Lou Hammer
  • 24th Amendment 
  • Kerner Commission
  • Nation Of Islam
  • Black Power

Definitions, Outline, All research notes are all DUE during the first week of your academic cycle. A Weeks August 31, 2017 & B Weeks – September 18, 2016

The finished essay will be due at the end of the 1st Academic week. I will review the requirements during the 1st week of academics and guide the class through writing the finished product. We will be using MLA format with parenthetical citation.

  • Typed Essay, 12” Times New Roman Font, Double Spaced, Cover Sheet,, header that identifies your name and page number and the last page will be the Works cited page.

Any questions please see me before you leave for the summer. You can email me at kmahoney@dimanregional.org – I will be checking my email periodically over the summer.   I have set up a google classroom in regards to the summer assignment- 2017-2018 Honors A & B Weeks and the password is pm9ws3y to log on.  

Virtual High School AP Classes

Please note that only the AP classes have summer assignments. Other classes do not have summer work.

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"High Performing" District
I am pleased to inform the educational community that on February 8, 2016 we received notification from the Assistant Commissioner, Robert Bumpus, indicating that the Dumont School District has been designated as "High Performing" for the third consecutive three year cycle. Dumont scored well above the 80% minimum passing level on the Quality Single Accounting Continuum (QSAC) review in each of the following areas: Instruction and Programs, Fiscal Management, Operations and Personnel, and Governance. Another proud moment for Dumont.
Emanuele Triggiano
Superintendent of Schools

Dumont High School has been RECOGNIZED by the College Board for the 2nd time in four years.

To learn more about the AP Honor Roll click HERE.

The Dumont Board of Education is happy to announce that senior citizens are invited to attend all Dumont High School athletic events free of chargeGo Huskies!

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