Spring Semester 2004
Parents and Guardians:
we embark on the spring semester and the work for this elective literature
course, it is important that I outline the basis for the literature
selections. For the purposes of the course, I am considering literature
written in the last 50 years to be “contemporary.” I have assigned the first novel, and then will allow the
students to vote (from a list I provide) for the next 4 or 5 books that
we study. Because of this selection process, the students will be required
to purchase their own books. With
this in mind, the selections offered are paperbacks and will cost less
than $10 each. I will order the books through the school library at a
considerable discount, and in each case, I will give the students 2
weeks to pay for the books before their reading assignments begin. I appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
criteria for book selection
is based on literary quality and readability, along with the book’s
overall impact when it was published.
While I am certainly keeping an eye on the appropriateness of the
content for high school students, these are “mainstream” books, and
may or may not contain aspects of sex and violence that you would not
normally find in high school-based literature assignments.
I take the responsibility of selecting the literature very
seriously, and can assure you that the more controversial aspects of the
novels will be handled tastefully and appropriately.
At any time, (as with any course) you have “veto” rights.
If you do not want your child to read a certain novel, please
notify me, and I will assign your child an alternate selection that meets
with your approval. I want
the students to experience the power and beauty of literature, and my
ultimate goal with this course is to introduce the students to dynamic
and fascinating literature that will “hook” them and make them avid
readers for the rest of their lives. This is an ambitious goal, I know, and I may not succeed with
each and every student, but I am committed to the effort.
With this in mind, I am asking for your signature at the bottom
of this sheet. Your
signature indicates that you are aware that the novels chosen may not be
traditional Denver Public Schools literature choices.
Again, you may choose, at any time, to have your child read an
alternate literature selection. I also encourage you to call me at (303)698-6100, ext. 21411
or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
to discuss the books covered in this course.
Department, South H.S.
understand that my child________________________will be assigned novels
in Contemporary Literature that are not limited to the approved DPS
selections for high school literature.
I also understand that I retain the right to have alternate
reading selections chosen for my child.