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Social Studies
PLEASE NOTE: There is only summer homework for AP European history and no other social studies class

Summer reading assignment: Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel. You can scan out a copy from Ms Suri in room 302 and it is available at most public libraries.

The expectation is that you will have read the entire book by the time classes begin again in September. You’re encouraged to take notes as you read, as you can then use these to refer to in the future. Sobel’s book is a dual biography of one of the great minds of the Scientific Revolution, Galileo Galilei, and his daughter, Virginia Galilei.
Reading points of focus

• Consider how the relationship between Faith and Science is portrayed in the book
• Consider the role that gender plays in the lives of both father and daughter(s) in that era
• Consider the way in which the author’s sources (both primary and secondary) color her narrative and analysis


Check out the curriculum at https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-world-history-course-and-exam-description-0.pdf?course=ap-world-history-modern

Review the relevant content from Global 2 at https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-world-history/600-1450-regional-and-interregional-interactions. Start with the Crusades.
Optional movies!
The teachers thought you might enjoy and find helpful, the following movies:

Useful/Recommended Historical Films Related to Global (in no particular order). Descriptions taken from IMDb

(Caveat emptor -- please be warned… many of these films are rated R)

Amistad (1997) -- Rated R (for violence depicting the middle passage)
Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free-man who led the revolt, but the film also gives a very realistic depiction of the realities of slave transport across the Middle Passage.

Mongol (2007) -- Rated R (Sequences of Warfare)
The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to
conquer half the world including Russia in 1206.

Cry Freedom (1987) set in late-1970s apartheid era South Africa.

Little Buddha (1993) -- Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teachim, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad, Raju, a waif from Kathmandu, and an upper class Indian girL Toget~ they journey to Bhutan where the three children must undergo a test to prove which is the true reincarnation

The Mission (1986) -- 18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery PortugaL

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003) – Korean film. On an isolated lake, an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him who learns to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass by. Warning: some sexual-content towards the end of the film.

Luther (2003) -- During the early 16th Century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

Destiny (1997) -- The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher Averroes is appointed grand judge by the caliph and his liberal court judgements are not liked by everyone. The caliph's political rivals, centered around the leader of a fanatical Islamic sect, force the caliph to send Averroes into exile, but his ideas keep on living thanks to his students.

The Message (1976) -- In the 7th century, Mohammed is visited by Angel Gabriel who urges him to lead the people of Mecca and worship God. But they're exiled in Medina before returning to Mecca to take up arms against their oppressors and liberate their city in the name of God.

Ashoka (2001) -- Bollywood retelling of the Epic tale of King Asoka's life.

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers

Lumumba (2000)The true story of controversial leader of independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba.

Enemy at the Gates (2001)A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Elizabeth (1998) -- A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Invictus (2009)Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Doctor Zhivago (1965)The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution

The Red Violin (1998)A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.

Rashomon (1950) -- Japanese film. A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

The Battle of Algiers (1966)In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

War Horse (2011)Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on

Persepolis (2007) growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution in the 1980's.

House of Flying Daggers (2004) -- In Mandarin. During the reign of the Tang dynasty in China, a secret organization called "The House of the Flying Daggers" rises and opposes the government. A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.

Guns, Germs, and Steel (2005 – TV Series) -- A PBS documentary concerning Jared Diamond's theory on why there is such disparity between those who have advanced technology and those who still live primitively. He argues it is due to the acquisition of guns and steel and the changes brought about by germs.