Summer Assignments:
  1. Get your passport
  2. Get FNB Bank card(s)
  3. Get an ID card at DMV (if you have no license or permit)
  4. Work on possible summer events for fundraisers (Alumni President will call you)
  5. Start reading from Summer Reading List below: (click on link for e-books)
  6. Keep a Reading Journal with assignments listed (see dates for assignemnts due!)
  7. If you do not have Microsoft Office, download free OpenOffice from
  8. Listen to Italian CD --  download here as zip file
  9. If you have an Ipod download the Italian Language Apps, (Free Italian Essentials; World Nomad Italian), European Union Factbook and European Countries LE to study (they are free)
  10. Check out podcasts for Italian Language Studies

For assignments for the individual reading journal topics, please read below
(on bottom of the SUMMER READING LIST)

Famous Italian/Roman Writers

* will be discussed in class

(keep reading Journal-for assignment topics see below this list in three ring binder provided)com

1. Divine Comedy 
    - Divine Comedy*
on wattpad (also downloadable on ipod touch with wattpad app
- Divine Comedy audiobook (download zip file) - Danielle found this one!

The poem by Dante, begun in exile in 1306 and allegorically describing the poet's (by implication mankind's) journey through life to salvation. The Commedia is the central and culminating literary work of medieval Europe . It is systematically structured in terza rima, with three cantiche (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso).

2. Il Principe or The Prince; Audiobook click here
    another version

The definitive manual of modern politics written by the Italian Renaissance political philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli almost 500 years ago.

3. Germania  (Tacitus) on wattpad (also downloadable on ipod touch with wattpad app)
   - Germania (Tacitus)* (mirror)
- Germania (Tacitus) audiobook zip file (Danielle found this one!)

4. De Bello Gallico (Caesar)*

5. Julius Caesar (Shakespeare)*
   - Julius Caesar
on wattpad (also downloadable on ipod touch with wattpad app)
- Julius Caesar Audiobook download

6. The Broker (John Grisham) (pdf)
- The Broker on wattpad (also downloadable on ipod touch with wattpad app)

The novel follows the story of Joel Backman, a newly-pardoned prisoner who had tried to broker a deal to give the world's most powerful satellite surveillance system to the highest bidder.

7. Playing for Pizza (John Grisham) (pdf)
   - Playing for Pizza
on wattpad (also downloadable on ipod touch with wattpad app)

"Playing for Pizza" is a short novel about a fallen American football star who can no longer get work in the National Football League and whose agent, as a last resort, signs a deal for him to play for the Parma Panthers, in Parma, Italy. The quarterback's move to a small city in a foreign land leads to a series of cultural misadventures.

* you choose the text (download or online reading --> on bottom right of page)



DUE - August 26: For each of the works read, write a two-page summary (handwritten in your own words) in your reading journal (three ring binder will be given to you). It needs to be evident that you read and understood the work. Any plagiarism will result in a failing grade. Pace yourself!

DUE at later dates:  In addtion to the summay do the following assignments as listed for each individual work. This may be typed.

1. Divine Comedy: (due Jan. 20)*
- ABC structure. Write all the letters of the alphabet; list all the charactes and places in the Divine Comedy. Next, write an (action) verb and an adjective describing the place or character. You should have two words for each letter in the alphabet.

2.The Prince: (due Jan 6)*
Write a radio announcements and newspaper ad about The Prince focusing on the various aspects of what makes a good leader.

3. Germania: (due Oct. 14)*
- Make a precise list of HOW Tacitus sees "Germany" and the Germanic people from a Roman viewpoint. This will serve as a compare and contrast study later.

4. De Bello Gallico:(due Oct.28)*
- Write a possible Interview with Caesar and his invasion of Gaul.

5. Julius Caesar: (due Nov. 4)*
- Write a diary
of Julius Caesar as described by Shakespeare in his play.

6. The Broker: (due Sept. 16)*
- Make an accurate list of all the aspects of "Italianization" by the main character, Joel Backman. Focus on all aspects of life. Be precise.

7. Playing for Pizza: (due Sept. 30)*
- When sent to Italy, the main character experiences many strange customs etc.during his stay. Draw a comic strip to express his difficulties or pitfalls. If you believe you can't draw, you may write his memoirs, focusing on the same topic.

* points will be deducted for late work

Suggested Reading by Rick Steves (Fiction)

You will need to pick one literary work from the list below during Italian Studies Class and make a report about your book to class; format PPT

Irving Stone

  • The Agony and The Ecstasy

E.M. Foster

  • Room With a View

Dan Brown

  • Angels and Demons

Elizabeth Spencer

  • The Light in the Piazza

Suggested Reading by Rick Steves (Non-Fiction)

Paul Hoffman

  • That Fine Italian Hand

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

  • Italian Days

Frances Mayes

  • Under the Tuscan Sun

Susan Cahill

  • Desiring Italy

Luigi Barzini

  • The Italians

Tim Parks

  • Italian Neighbors

  • An Italian Education

Anne Calcagno

  • Travelers' Tales Italy

For the Gourmets: The Marling Menu-Master for Italy

Others upon approval



(click to download Power Point Show)

Practice European Geography. Find the capitals of each country on map and study. There will be a quiz on geography durign first semester.

Clickable Map of Italy

Interactive Map of Italy

Arcaini's Italy Map

Italy Geography

Practice Italian Geography ad find the capitals of each region.


Famous Italian Artists, Sculptors, Architects -- every student in class picks one


Especial Bruno Bozzetto

Science Museum

Innovation History - The Great Idea Finder

Inventor Alessandro Volta Biography

Category:Italian scientists - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


The Scientists: A List.

Italian Inventors


Intute: Science, Engineering and Technology - browse History of Science

Famous Italians





Italian Culture and Heritage: