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 assignments 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
  11. LOCK-INS: January 7 and March 11!!! Mark your calendars
  12. Fundraisers: Make sure to go to businesses and ask them to participate in the discount card fundraiser
  13. Sell raffle tickets! More are available for extra funds towards your own accounts

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)

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

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. 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.

4. 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.

5. The Adventures of Pinocchio

Audio Book    

6. Imperium (Robert Harris)
On a cold November morning, Tiro opens the door to find a terrified, bedraggledstranger begging for help. Once a Sicilian aristocrat, the man was robbed by thecorrupt Roman governor, Verres, who is now trying to convict him under false pretenses and sentence him to a violent death. The man claims that only the great senator Marcus Cicero, one of Rome's most ambitious lawyers and spellbinding orators, can bring him justice in a crooked society manipulated by the villainous governor. But for Cicero, it is a chance to prove himself worthy of absolute power. What follows is one of the most gripping courtroom dramas inhistory, and the beginning of a quest for political glory by a man who fought his way to the top using only his voice -- defeating the most daunting figures in Roman history.

7. Pompeii (Robert Harris)
It is August of 79 A.D. in the Bay of Naples and the Aqua Augusta, the aqueduct carrying water to the cities of the area, begins to dry up. Fish are mysteriously dying in their ponds. There are ground tremors and rock falls in the cities surrounding Mount Vesuvius. Some residents attribute these things to giants or to the wrath of the gods. But Marcus Attilius Primus, the aquarius, or water engineer of the Aqua Augusta, who is sent to Misenum to research and repair the problem, knows that there is a scientific explanation. As he tracks the aqueduct from its terminus in Misenum to Pompeii and then onward to the vicinity of Mount Vesuvius, he observes unusual natural phenomena, discovers the upheaval that disrupted the water flow, and realizes that an inevitable cataclysmic event is about to occur.

8. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) (pdf)
Pitting scientific terrorists against the cardinals of Vatican City, this well-plotted if over-the-top thriller is crammed with Vatican intrigue and high-tech drama. Robert Langdon, a Harvard specialist on religious symbolism, is called in by a Swiss research lab when Dr. Vetra, the scientist who discovered antimatter, is found murdered with the cryptic word "Illuminati" branded on his chest. These Iluminati were a group of Renaissance scientists, including Galileo, who met secretly in Rome to discuss new ideas in safety from papal threat; what the long-defunct association has to do with Dr. Vetra's death is far from clear. Vetra's daughter, Vittoria, makes a frightening discovery: a lethal amount of antimatter, sealed in a vacuum flask that will explode in six hours unless its batteries are recharged, is missing. ...



DUE - August 31: 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. 19)*
- 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 three words for each letter in the alphabet.

2.The Prince: (due Jan 5)*
Write a radio announcements and newspaper ad about The Prince focusing on the various aspects of what makes a good leader. Interview also works well.

3. The Broker: (due Sept. 15)*
- Make an accurate list of all the aspects of "Italianization" by the main character, Joel Backman. Focus on all aspects of life. Be precise. You should have a minimum of 35 or more items of his "Italianization".

4. Playing for Pizza: (due Sept. 29)*
- 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.

5. Pinocchio: (due March 9)*
Write a newspaper story about the life of Pinocchio; keep a journalist style

6. Imperium: (due Feb. 9)*
If/Then Structure: If Grendel finds the Danes' mead hall, then he will kill them. If Grendel kills the Danes, then they will have to close their mead hall. If they close their mead hall, then they will have to live in fear for twelve years... (apply the if/then structure to IMPERIUM)

7. Pompeii: (due Nov. 17)*
Write a
Radio announcement(s) of the events that are happening in August of 79 AD in Pompeii

8. Angels and Demons (December 1)*
- Go to , print and mark all the spots being mentioned in the book. Check if the cross layout of the various spots exists. Next, Google and research the main attractions being mentioned in the book.(you may use other maps, too)

* points will be deducted for late work

Suggested Reading by Rick Steves (Fiction)


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




(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 and 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: