August 18, 2015
Dear 10H Students and Parents:
I would like to add several books to the traditional honors sophomore curriculum this year, to better help prepare students for the Advanced Placement Literature test taken in their senior year, as well as for college later on. These two books are David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, and the Odyssey by Homer. I know many students have already read a very short and rather bad version of the Odyssey in their freshman anthology, but since we read the Iliad in AP English senior year, I feel reading the entire work will really be advantageous to them. Because the school does not have these books available, I am asking students to buy their own. The cost will be a reasonable $30 and the books will remain the property of the students, allowing them to annotate and highlight their books as they would in college. Hopefully they will also form the basis for a growing classical library.
Even though you may own one or the other of these books already, it is important that all students are reading the same edition and, in the case of the Odyssey, the same translation, which is a new and exciting one that maintains the poetry and colorful language. A limited number of books will be available for students to borrow, but they will remain the property of the school and may not be marked on or annotated. As usual, in cases of financial hardship, please contact me as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made for your student to own or borrow one of these books. Because we will be starting the year off with the Odyssey, it is important that all checks turned in by Friday, September 4, so we can get started as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about this, please contact me directly.
Thanks for your support,