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Social Studies Summer Reading Selections for 9th, 10th, and 11th Grades  

This guide lists and describes the books for summer reading for 9th, 10th, and 11th Grades. It includes information about the history of the times, videos, images, biographies, book reviews and more.
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360 Degrees Longitude by John Higham 9th Grade Pre-AP World Geography


After more than a decade of planning, John Higham and his wife September bid their high-tech jobs and suburban lives good-bye, packed up their home and set out with two children, ages eight and eleven, to travel around the world. In the course of the next 52 weeks they crossed 24 time zones, visited 28 countries and experienced a lifetime of adventures. 

Making their way across the world, the Highams discovered more than just different foods and cultures; they also learned such diverse things as a Chilean mall isn’t the best place to get your ears pierced, and that elephants appreciate flowers just as much as the next person.  But most importantly, they learned about each other, and just how much a family can weather if they do it together. Source: Destiny Catalog

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About the Author

After completing his graduate degree in aerospace engineering, John Higham moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he started his career and accumulated ten U.S. patents for various aspects of satellite design. Although he arrived in the Bay Area single, it wasn't long before he met September and they became inseparable. John, September, and their two children, Katrina and Jordan, still live in the San Francisco Bay Area where John continues to design satellites to keep the mortgage current.  He is also an avid traveler, frequently writing and lecturing on his own experience traversing the globe. 

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    Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond - 10th Grade AP World History

    Traces the development of primitive societies showing why some groups advanced more rapidly than others and how this progression explains why various populations stabilize at specific phases of development while others continue to evolve. Souce:  Destiny Catalog


      History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage - 10th Grade AP World History


      Presents a comprehensive history of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola from ancient times through to the twenty-first century, and discusses their individual importance throughout the centuries to culture and society.  Source:  Destiny Catalog


        Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis - 11th Grade AP United States History


        Profiles the intertwined lives of seven of America's founding fathers, including John Adams, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.  Source: Destiny Catalog


        About the Author



          Founding Brothers A&E Documentary Clip

          Description: Founding Brothers examines six moments when the collisions and collusions of these towering figures left an indelible imprint on the nation. (Home Access Only)


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