August 10, 2016
Dear 10H Students and Parents:
I would like to add one book 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. The book is David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Modern students don't perform as well on the AP English Literature test in their senior year because they don't read enough pre-20th Century works, so I feel adding this book to the curriculum will help fill that gap. It's also a hilarious, highly entertaining book. But because the school does not supply this book, I must ask students to buy their own. The cost will be a reasonable $10 and it will remain the property of the students, allowing them to annotate and highlight their copy as they would in college. Hopefully it will also form the basis for a growing classical library.
If you already own an unexpurgated version of this book, that's great, even though the pagination may be slightly off the one we'll be using in class. There are many highly edited copies in publication, however, which lose all the flavor and humor of the book, and will not be acceptable. If in doubt, have your student bring the book in for me to check. A limited number of copies will also 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 this book. Checks for the book must be turned in by Friday, September 9, so I can order the book as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about this, please contact me directly.
Thanks for your support,