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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

What's Your Required Reading for 2013-2014?

DHS 2013 Summer Required Reading Guidelines




The DHS official Summer Reading Brochure will be available for download in the coming weeks. It has detailed explanations of the activities associated with the reading requirements.

English 10 College Prep & English 10
Summer Reading is a required assignment in English 10 College Prep and is an extra credit assignment in English 10.  Students in English 10 College Prep are required to read the selected text and should be prepared on the first day of class, whether first or second semester, to discuss the text and write critically about it.

  • Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys



English 11 College Prep & English 11
Summer Reading is a required assignment in English 11 College Prep and is an extra credit assignment in English 11.  Students in English 11 College Prep are required to read one of the selected text and should be prepared on the first day of class, whether first or second semester, to discuss the text and write critically about it.

  • The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
  • Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys
  • Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, Joh G. Neihardt
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  • The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
  • Saints at the River, Ron Rash

English 12 College Prep & English 12
Summer Reading is a required assignment in English 12 College Prep and is an extra credit assignment in English 12.  Students in English 12 College Prep are required to read one of the selected text and should be prepared on the first day of class, whether first or second semester, to discuss the text and write critically about it.

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
  • V for Vendetta (graphic novel), Alan Moore and David Lloyd



World Literature
Summer reading is a required assignment. Students should choose one of the texts listed below and be prepared on the first day of class, whether first or second semester, to discuss the text and write critically about it.

  • Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah
  • An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography, Paul Rusesabagina and Tom Zoellner

Grade 10 STEM
Before the first day of class, students need to have thoughtfully read the following books:

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Sklott
  • The Time Machine, H.G. Wells



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 should read Fahrenheit 451 and Unbroken over the summer and be ready to discuss and write about these two novels the first week of class. Students should purchase Between Shades of Gray. All English 10 Honors/Pre-AP classes will start the reading of Between Shades of Gray during the first week of the class.

  • Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand

English 11 Honors
Students in English 11 Honors are required to read the texts below. Be prepared on the first day of class, whether first or second semester, to discuss the texts analytically and write critically about them during class.  

  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte



AP Language and Composition
Students in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition should read one book from LIST A and one book from LIST B.  Students should be prepared the first day of class, whether it be first or second semester, to discuss the texts analytically and write critically about them in class.

List A:
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah
  • The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, James McBride
  • The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
  • Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
List B:
  • Freakonomics, Steven Levitt
  • Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
  • Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology, Neil Postman
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a DIfference, Malcolm Gladwell



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. You may order the texts online, or you may purchase them at a local bookstore. Call the store to be sure the texts are available. Students should be prepared the first day of class, whether it be first or second semester, to take a comprehension test, to discuss the works analytically, and  write critically about the works during class.

  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams


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