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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dorman High Announces Summer Reading Requirements

Dorman High School has announced their summer reading requirements for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. 

English 10 and 11

(Optional Extra Credit)

Read one of the following suggested texts:

  • Breathing Underwater, Alex Flinn
  • Witness, Karen Hesse
  • Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  • Extraordinary, Ordinary People, Condoleezza Rice
  • Alabama Moon, Watt Key
  • One Second After, William Forstchen

English 12 and English 12 CP

(Optional Extra Credit)

Read one of the following suggested texts:

  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • V for Vendetta (graphic novel), Alan Moore and David Lloyd
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis
  • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (collected stories), Alan Sillitoe
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
  • P.S. I Love You, Cecilia Ahern
  • Where Rainbows End, Cecilia Ahern
  • The Crossing Places, Elly Griffiths
  • The Janus Stone, Elly Griffiths

Senior World Literature

(Optional Extra Credit)

Read one of the following suggested texts:

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  • The Prince and the Pauper, Mark Twain
  • The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
  • Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
  • The Awakening, Kate Chopin
  • Kaffir Boy, Mark Mathabane
  • Cold Sassy Tree, Olive Ann Burns
Assignment for the above classes

The Summer Reading assignment of your choice should be turned in the first day of class.

Write an essay in which you critically analyze literary elements in the text, or design a poster-size collage with graphics, words, phrases and important quotations present in the book. Be prepared to explain the significance of your choices.


English 10 College Prep

Summer Reading is required. Students are to read Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Be prepared on the first day of class (whether first or second semester) to discuss the text and to write critically about it.

English 11 College Prep

Summer Reading is required. Students should choose one of the texts listed below. The assignment will be given on the first day of class.

  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
  • Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  • Saints at the River, Ron Rash
  • The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

English 10 Honors/Pre-AP

The required works for English 10 Honors are listed below. The texts should be purchased so that you may annotate them. Students in English 10 Honors must be prepared on the first day of class (whether first or second semester) to:

- Write critically about the works during class.

- Discuss the works analytically.

The required works are:

  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • Great Short Stories from Hawthorne to Hemingway, edited with an Introduction by Corinne Demas (Barnes and Noble Classics)
    • Read the following short stories from the above anthology:
      • “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” Nathaniel Hawthorne
      • “Bartleby the Scrivener,” Herman Melville
      • “A White Heron,” Sarah Orne Jewett

English 11 Honors

Students in English 11 Honors are required to read the texts listed below. Be prepared on the first day of class (whether first or second semester) to:

-Write critically about the works in class.

-Discuss the works analytically in class.

The required works are:

  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  • V for Vendetta (graphic novel version), Alan Moore and David Lloyd

AP Language and Composition

The following assignments are required for AP Language and Composition. The texts should be purchased so that you may annotate them.

Be prepared on the first day of class (whether first or second semester) for major assignments on all readings.

Read:
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Mark what you find most significant or provocative in the book.
  • Read the following essays in 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology, 2nd Edition, edited by Samuel Cohen. Annotate the texts for meaning, especially for what each emphasizes about language and its uses.
    • “Learning to Read,” Malcolm X
    • “On Keeping a Notebook,” Joan Didion
    • “Aria: Memoir of A Bilingual Childhood,” Richard Rodriguez
    • “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” David Sedaris
    • “Mother Tongue,” Amy Tan
    • “Learning to Write,” Frederick Douglas

AP Literature and Composition

Students in Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition must complete all three reading requirements below. The texts should be purchased so that you may annotate them.

Be prepared to:

-Take a comprehension test.

-Write critically about the works during class.

-Discuss the works analytically.

The required works are:

  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
  • Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
Click here for a printable copy (PDF) of the summer reading brochure.

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