Summer Reading and Assignments

English (updated for 2021-2022)

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  • English I (all levels) –  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
  • English II (ALL Levels) – The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho. Readings will be available via the course Schoology page beginning midsummer. All English III students will receive notification via their DPS email account.
  • English III – Readings will be available via the course Schoology page beginning midsummer. All English III students will receive notification regarding these texts on your DPS email account.
  • English IV – Readings will be available via the course Schoology page beginning midsummer. All English IV students will receive notification regarding these texts on your DPS email account.
  • African American Literature Honors – Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs
  • Hispanic Literature Honors – Growing up Chicana/o, Tiffany Ana Lopez
  • Women’s Literature – Choose one:
    • All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir Manifesto, George M. Johnson
    • The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love, Sonya Renee Taylor
    • Becoming, Michelle Obama
  • Creative Writing II Honors – The Family That Carried Their House on Their Backs, Sammie Downing
  • Film as Literature: Summer Viewing – see The Shining and If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Newspaper: Summer Viewing – see Spotlight
  • AP Language – My Beloved World, Sonia Sotomayor
  • Honors Thesis, Concurrent Enrollment – Pick one:
    • Deadliest Enemy, A Whole New Mind, Whistling Vivaldi, Stumbling on Happiness, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, How to be an Anti-Racist, The Warmth of Other Suns, Bird by Bird
  • AP Literature –
    • Plays(read both):
    • Novels (pick one and please be sure to pick a title you have not already read):
      • Emma
      • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
      • Americanah
      • Catch-22
      • Never Let Me Go
      • Wuthering Heights
      • Reservation Blues
      • The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)
      • Great Expectations
      • Brave New World
      • The House of the Spirits
      • The Handmaid’s Tale
      • Sula
      • Jane Eyre
      • We Need New Names
      • A Visit from the Goon Squad
      • Passing
      • Dreaming in Cuban
      • The White Boy Shuffle
      • Zone One
      • The Plague
      • Love in the Time of Cholera
Science
Social Studies (updated for 2021-2022)
AP Art History and AP Studio (updated for 2021-2022)

Need help getting books?

Any student with a financial need may borrow any books needed for class from the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) in Room 130. Contact anne_sneed@dpsk12.org with any questions. The SAF will re-open in August. Most of the Literature books for summer are available at the Tattered Cover which gives a 10% discount to East students.