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Episcopal School of Dallas
A Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Ages 3 Through Grade 12

UPPER SCHOOL SUMMER READING 2017


The Upper School summer reading program has two mandatory components. Drop down to see the course requirements below.

Select your English class for 2017-18.

English I

PART 1: REQUIRED READINGS

These readings serve as touchstones for the discussion of other works of literature.

Choose ONE:
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai or
In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda

PART 2: ENRICHMENT READINGS

All Upper School students are required to read at least one work (or approximately 350 pages) for enrichment.

Please see the note below regarding our enrichment reading program prior to making your summer reading selections. Teachers at the ninth grade level suggest the following titles as complements for the essential questions and conversations for the academic year.

English II

PART 1: REQUIRED READING

This reading serves as a touchstone for the discussion of other works of literature.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

PART 2: ENRICHMENT READINGS

All Upper School students are required to read at least one work (or approximately 350 pages) for enrichment.

Please see the note below regarding our enrichment reading program prior to making your summer reading selections. Teachers at the tenth grade level suggest the following titles as complements for the essential questions and conversations for the academic year.

English II Honors

PART 1: REQUIRED READINGS

These readings serve as touchstones for the discussion of other works of literature.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
AND
Civilization and Its Discontents (Freud; translated by Strachey)

AND
The Metamorphosis (Kafka - in The Art of the Short Story)

PART 2: ENRICHMENT READINGS

All Upper School students are required to read at least one work (or approximately 350 pages) for enrichment.

Please see the note below regarding our enrichment reading program prior to making your summer reading selections. Teachers at the tenth grade level suggest the following titles as complements for the essential questions and conversations for the academic year.

English III

PART 1: REQUIRED READINGS

These readings serve as touchstones for the discussion of other works of literature.

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

PART 2: ENRICHMENT READINGS

All Upper School students are required to read at least one work (or approximately 350 pages) for enrichment.

Please see the note below regarding our enrichment reading program prior to making your summer reading selections. Teachers at the 11th grade level suggest the following titles as complements for the essential questions and conversations for the academic year.

English III AP Language and Composition

PART 1: REQUIRED READING

This reading serves as a touchstone for the discussion of other works of literature.

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

AND

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

PART 2: ENRICHMENT READINGS

All Upper School students are required to read at least one work (or approximately 350 pages) for enrichment.

Please see the note below regarding our enrichment reading program prior to making your summer reading selections. Teachers at the 11th grade level suggest the following titles as complements for the essential questions and conversations for the academic year.

English IV

PART 1: REQUIRED READING

These readings serve as touchstones for the discussion of other works of literature.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

PART 2: ENRICHMENT READINGS

All Upper School students are required to read at least one work (or approximately 350 pages) for enrichment.

Please see the note below regarding our enrichment reading program prior to making your summer reading selections. Teachers at the 12th grade level suggest the following titles as complements for the essential questions and conversations for the academic year.

English IV AP Language and Composition

PART 1: REQUIRED READINGS

These readings serve as touchstones for the discussion of other works of literature.

Blindspot by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald

AND choose ONE from this list:

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation by Jonathan Kozol

How Women Decide: What's True, What's Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices by Therese Huston

Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences by John Hibbing and Kevin Smith

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen

PART 2: ENRICHMENT READINGS

All Upper School students are required to read at least one work (or approximately 350 pages) for enrichment.

Please see the note below regarding our enrichment reading program prior to making your summer reading selections. Teachers at the 12th grade level suggest the following titles as complements for the essential questions and conversations for the academic year.

English IV AP Literature and Composition

PART 1: REQUIRED READINGS

These readings serve as touchstones for the discussion of other works of literature.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

AND choose ONE from this list:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood

Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

PART 2: ENRICHMENT READINGS

All Upper School students are required to read at least one work (or approximately 350 pages) for enrichment.

Please see the note below regarding our enrichment reading program prior to making your summer reading selections. Teachers at the 12th grade level suggest the following titles as complements for the essential questions and conversations for the academic year.

READ IT. LIVE IT. LOVE IT.

A note regarding our enrichment reading program:

In addition to reading the required works for each grade level, we encourage each student to read additional texts of his or her own choosing. In May, students will set their own goals for reading by answering the following questions: What do I want to understand that I don’t right now? What do I want to know more about? What interests me that I’d like to explore further? After selecting the texts, students will then explore how the particular work will help them achieve their goals: Why am I choosing these titles? What do I hope to achieve by reading these particular works and genres? At the beginning of the fall semester, students will be asked to reflect on their reading experience by exploring: What do I know now that I didn’t know then?

As you are selecting titles for your personal summer reading list, we suggest you seek recommendations from teachers, mentors, parents, and friends. Why not peruse the library or a bookstore, taking your time to let a work speak to you? We encourage you to expand your horizons by venturing into new topics, genres, and authors.

While we encourage each student to select works of “literary merit,” all texts you read do not need to be “classics,” per se; they should be works (novels, plays, journals, etc.) that will enrich some aspect of your life, your learning, and your growth in a meaningful way.

If interested, please visit our Digital Library to download summer reading books electronically. A majority of titles listed are available.

Lower School

4344 Colgate Avenue
Dallas, Texas, 75225
214-353-5818

Middle & Upper School

4100 Merrell Road
Dallas, Texas, 75229
214-358-4368

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located near Anna, Texas

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