Welcome to APUSH! Over the summer you are expected to read Chapters 1-3 in your text United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination, Amsco Publication (below is a picture of the book) -- 2018 edition. I recommend that you don't start your reading/annotations until August, so that the information is fresh in your mind when we get to work in September.
You are to annotate the chapters in your notebook (you are all to have a designated notebook for APUSH) and prepare for discussion upon return. You will notice that there is content in the first three chapters in which you are familiar with. These chapters consist of topics including: Exploration and Discovery, Enlightenment, and government structure ideals.
I must emphasize that we will be discussing BIG PICTURE IDEAS. Therefore it is imperative that you are constantly thinking in terms of historical thinking skills: CONTEXT, COMPARISON, CAUSATION, PERIODIZATION, CHANGE AND CONTINUITY -- and ultimately use those skills to help you form ANALYSIS of these first two periods in American History.