Summer Reading

DHS Language Arts Summer Reading Assignments

            Let me start by saying that it reflects well on you as a person for opting for the rigors of advanced level courses.   As an advanced or AP level student, you know to expect plenty of reading, writing, and analysis. You should find these courses both intense and challenging, but also accessible and manageable.  We try to keep in mind the advanced workload that most of you take on throughout the year.  You will be given a reasonable amount of time to complete your assignments, and, when you begin to feel overwhelmed, we will strive to work with you if you will only ask for help! 

            For summer reading,  all you have to do is read the novel that has been selected for your class.  When you come to school in August, you will be completing work with your classmates on your reading of the novel and you should expect a quiz over the reading within the first few days.  The work we will do together will utilize your understanding of the novel while we explore its major concepts, themes, symbols, motifs, and characters. 

I cannot stress how important it is for you to complete your reading as it is essential to our first unit of study.  It will serve as the primary source for everything we do at the beginning of the school year, and having a working knowledge of the novel will be essential to your success in that first unit.  

You are highly encouraged to purchase your own copy of the book so that you can highlight and take copious notes during your reading and our subsequent discussion of the novel. We will also be marking up the book in discussions in the Fall, and it will be most beneficial to you if you have your own copy.   If you want to find a cheap copy of the text locally, check with McKay’s Used Books in Chattanooga.  They usually have a large selection at very reasonable prices. You can also look at and They usually have cheap copies with little to no shipping costs.   The English department also has copies available for checkout (ask your teacher).  If you choose to check out a book from the school, please purchase a pack of sticky notes so that you can write notes and annotate the novel as you go.

Below you will find a list of the required reading for each class, email addresses for the teachers who will be teaching those classes in case you have questions over the summer, and the room number of the teacher you should see about picking up a copy of the book if you need to check one out.  I’ve also included the preferred ISBN for the copy of the novel we will be using in class.  It helps for discussion purposes when we all have the same copy. 

Advanced American Lit (10th grade): (Room 440) or (Room 408)

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (1984) ISBN: 978-0679734772

AP Language and Composition (11th grade): (Room 407) or (Room 441)

Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001) ISBN: 978-0156027328

IB English I (11th grade IB Track): (Room 408)

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger ISBN:  978-0316769174 

AP Literature and Composition (12th grade): (Room 406)

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossseini ISBN: 978-0739489505

IB English II (12th grade IB Track): (Room 440)

Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera ISBN: 0-15-205016-7

            We hope you have a wonderful summer and thoroughly enjoy your summer reading selection.  See you in the Fall!