• Summer Reading 2017-2018 School Year

    “Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.”- T.S. Eliot


    English/Language Arts

    Each DeBakey HS student has received the Summer Reading List identifying the reading required before entering their English class for the school year. The purpose of summer reading is to: encourage reading, set expectations for English classrooms, assess reading and writing skills, and expose students to literature found on the AP exams. We are confident that this reading program will enrich our exemplary school curriculum as well as our students for future academic challenges; however, please be advised that some selections contain adult language, themes, and situations. Encourage your student to begin reading now. Please read the instructions and the list before the end of this school year.

    During the first two weeks of school, students will be formally tested on their comprehension of these well-known works. The testing process is rigorous and includes characters and motivation, plot, themes, quotations, application of literary terms and close reading skills. The exam(s) constitute 30% of your child’s cycle 1 grade. In order to assist your child to gain a better understanding of each book, this year, we have provided a Reading Guide to go with each book. The Reading Guides have been delivered to students on campus and extra copies are also available in the Main Office during the summer. **The reading guide is designed to help the student attain a deeper understanding of the novel. It is not meant to be a substitute for reading the book or as the only method for studying for the exam.

    **PreAP and AP English/Language Arts students must read all works on their grade level.

    Required Summer Reading List for 2017-2018 School Year


    9th Grade:  Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury) -Novel


    10th Grade:  Great Expectations (Dickens)-Novel


    11th Grade:

    Magnet :  Angela's Ashes (McCourt)-Novel

    AP:   Angela's Ashes (McCourt)-Novel and This Boy’s Life (Tobias Wolff) -Memoir


    12th Grade:

    Magnet:  Brave New World (Huxley)-Novel

    AP :  Brave New World (Huxley)-Novel and As I Lay Dying (Faulkner)-Novel