DeBakey High School Summer Reading List - All Grades


    Dear Parents/Guardians,

         Your student has received the Summer Reading List identifying the reading required before entering the English class for this 2022-23 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 below before the end of this school year.  During the first two weeks, students will be formally assessed (project, test and/or essay) on their comprehension of these works.


    9th Grade:       English I:  The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-Time (Mark Haddon)- Novel


    **incoming 9th-grade students: if you have already completed English I in the 8th grade, you will need to read the novel(s) assigned to English II.


    10th Grade:     English II and English II HADV: Animal Farm (George Orwell)- Novel

                             English II HADV additional- Bless Me, Ultima (Rudolfo Anaya)- Novel       


    11th Grade:       English III and AP Lang. and Comp.: Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson)- Nonfiction

                              AP Lang. additional- The Narrative of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass)- Nonfiction                                            


    12th Grade:       English IV and AP Lit. and Comp.: Brave New World (A. Huxley) -Novel 

                              AP Lit. additional- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (R. L. Stevenson)- Novel