MMS SUMMER READING PROGRAM
To comply with the MMS program, students must read the designated text for their grade level (below) and at least two additional book selections of their choosing. (Here is a link to the Darien Public Library's list of great summer reads.) There is no summer writing assignment that goes along with these readings; all summer reading tasks and activities will be assigned once the new school year begins.
SUMMER READING AMBASSADORS: Students in grades 6 and 7 are invited to apply for our Summer Reading Ambassador positions. This year, we will be selecting six ambassadors from each grade level, and all successful candidates will need to (a) commit to a summer reading list of public library book selections, (b) promote their selections to grade-level colleagues, and (c) give a book talk at the May 29 Summer Reading Assembly. If your student is interested, download and print the application (link). The deadline for receiving the completed application is March 28.
English 9 Accelerated
DHS SUMMER READING PROGRAM
This summer, all DHS students will be expected to engage in summer reading.
For some courses, such as English 9 Accelerated, a single book is required (The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman). The department's other honors and AP offerings have specific titles as well as assignments, assessments, and units devoted to them. (See books at the bottom of the page.)
For other courses, students are expected to choose a book within a given genre. (See the genres for each of the 300-level English courses below, and click on the image for further details.)
ENG 9 ACC
ENG 10 Honors
AP Lang 11
AP Lang 12
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni invites us to think differently when it comes to colleges, and Jay Heinrichs puts a contemporary spin on the classical art of rhetoric. (Here is a link to the summer reading assignment.)