Reading List

Grade 9: English 9 & English 9 accelerated (year-long course)
Core Reading

  • Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare .
  • Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck

Optional Reading

  • The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger
  • The Bean Trees, Kingsolver
  • Julius Caesar, Shakespeare
  • The Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas
  • Eighth Moon, Lord
  • Oliver Twist, Dickens
  • Greek Myths and Legends, traditional
  • The Little Prince, Saint-Exupery
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway
  • The Last Unicorn, Beagle
  • The White Deer, Thurber
  • When the Legends Die, Borland
  • Kindred, Butler
  • In Country, Mason
  • Having Our Say, Delany
  • Animal Farm, Orwell
  • A Lesson Before Dying, Gaines
  • Assignment Rescue, Fry
  • A Thousand Pieces of Gold, McCunn
  • Pigman, Zindell
  • Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury
  • Responding to Literature, McDougall, Littell
  • Dove, Graham
  • The Crystal Cave, Lord

Grade 10: English 10 & English 10 accelerated (year-long course)
Core Reading

  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee
  • Macbeth, Shakespeare

Optional Reading

  • Lord of the Flies, Golding
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou
  • Night, Wiesel
  • China Boy, Gus Lee
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston
  • A Separate Peace, Knowles
  • The Chosen, Potok
  • Brave New World, Huxley
  • Cannery Row, Steinbeck
  • Cry the Beloved Country, Paton
  • Black Boy, Wright
  • Les Miserables, Hugo
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens
  • Dandelion Wine, Bradbury
  • Hiroshima, Hersey
  • Inherit the Wind, Lawrence and Lee
  • Walkabout, Marshall
  • Stories, Jennings and Calitri
  • Responding to Literature, McDougall, Littell

Grade 11: American Literature 11 & American Literature 11 Honors (semester)
Core Reading

  • The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald

Optional Reading

  • The Glass Menagerie, Willians
  • Death of a Salesman, Miller
  • Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry
  • The Woman Warrior, Kingston
  • My Antonia, Cather
  • Song of Solomon, Morrison
  • Slaughter House Five, Vonnegut
  • Farewell to Manzanar, Houston
  • The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck
  • The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne
  • The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway
  • A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Kesey
  • Cat's Cradle, Vonnegut
  • Catch 22, Heller
  • All the King's Men, Penn Warren
  • Animal Dreams, Kingsolver
  • Snow Falling on Cedars, Gutheson
  • Eight Men, Wright
  • East of Eden, Steinbeck
  • Moby Dick, Melville
  • Ethan Frome, Wharton
  • Walden, Thoreau
  • Billy Budd, Melville
  • Roughing It, Twain
  • The Crucible, Miller
  • Native Son, Wright
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain, Baldwin
  • Nine Stories, Salinger
  • Franny and Zooey, Salinger
  • Huck Finn, Twain
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, McCullers
  • The Bell Jar, Plath
  • Adventures in American Literature, Hodkins and Silverman
  • Eight Great American Short Stories: Hawthorne, Melville, Bierce, Hemingway, Steinbeck, O'Connor
  • Responding to Literature, McDougall, Littell

Grade 12: World Literature 12 & World Lit. 12 accelerated (semester)
Core Reading

  • Hamlet, Shakespeare

Optional Reading

  • Cyrano de Bergerac, Rostand
  • Oedipus the King, Sophocles
  • The Stranger, Camus
  • Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy
  • Pride and Prejudice, Austen
  • Things Fall Apart, Achebe
  • Twelfth Night, Shakespeare
  • Master Harold and the Boys, Fugard
  • Ibsen Plays (Hedda, A Doll's House)
  • The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
  • Lord Jim, Conrad
  • The Horses Mouth, Cary
  • Candide, Voltaire
  • The Admirable Crichton, Barrie
  • Luther, Osborne
  • The Baghavad Gita, Traditional
  • Barrabas, Lagerkvist
  • Literature of Religions, Houston
  • Nectar in a Seive, Markandaya
  • Moll Flanders, Defoe
  • The Power of One, Courtenay
  • In the Penal Colony, Kafka
  • A Doll's House, Ibsen
  • Responding to Literature, McDougall, Littell

Electives:

College English A.P. (Grade 12-year-long course)

  • Interpreter of Maladies, Lahiri
  • The Awakening, Chopin
  • Heart of Darkness, Conrad
  • Hard Times, Dickens
  • House of the Spirits, Allende
  • The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
  • King Lear, Shakespeare
  • A Thousand Acres, Smiley
  • Frankenstein, Shelley
  • Things Fall Apart, Achebe
  • Beloved, Morrison
  • Antigone, Sophocles
  • Invisible Man, Ellison
  • Candide, Voltaire
  • The Poetics, Aristotle
  • Ibsen Plays
  • Othello, Shakespeare
  • Pride and Prejudice, Austen
  • Wuthering Heights, Bronte
  • Return of the Native, Hardy

 

Humanities(Grades 11 and 12--semester)

  • Life of Pi, Martel
  • Sophie's World, Gaarder
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde
  • Death of Ivan Ilych, Tolstoy
  •  "Art and the Intellect", Taylor
  • "The Courage to Create," May
  • "Quality and Non Quality," Tuchman
  • "The Allegory of the Den," Plato
  • "The Apology," Plato
  • "The Bear," Faulkner
  • "The Franklin's Tale," Chaucer
  • Galileo, Brecht
  • A Man for All Seasons, Bolt
  • Siddhartha, Hesse
  • The Great Divorce, Lewis
  • The Tempest, Shakespeare
  • The Baghavad Gita, Traditional
  • Philosophy and Literature, Thompson
  • Sound and Sense, Perrine
  • Civilization, Clark
  • Responding to Literature, McDougall, Littell

 

Film Composition and Literature (Grades 11 and 12--semester)

  • Flashback, A Brief History of Film, Giannetti and Eyman
  • A Critical Eye, Kasdan, Saxton & Tavernetti
  • Ordinary People, Guest
  • In the Heat of the Night, Bal
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Kesey
  • Adaptations

Escape Literature (Grade 11 and 12--semester)

  • Dune, Herbert
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner), Philip K. Dick
  • The Handsmaid's Tale, Atwood

The Literature of Sport(Grades 11 and 12--semester)

  • Seabiscuit, Hillenbrand
  • The Blind Side, Lewis
  • Friday Night Lights, Bassinger
  • The Natural, Malamud
  • The Jackie Robinson Reader, Kahn
  • A Kind of Grace, Joyner-Kerse
  • A Treasury of Sportwriting by Women
  • Motion: American Sports Poems, Wideman
  • Boys of Summer, Kahn
  • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Sillitoe
  • 1947: When All Hell Broke Loose in Baseball, Barber
  • Eight men Out, Asinof
  • 24 Seconds to Shoot, Koppett
  • The City Game, Axthelm
  • A League of their Own, Gilbert
  • Endzone, Delillo
  • Babe: The Legend Comes to Life, Creamer
  • Fathers Playing Catch With Sons, Hall
  • For Love of the Game, Shaara
  • Heaven is a Playground, Telander
  • In These Girls Hope is a Muscle, Blais
  • King of the World: Muhammad Ali & the Rise of an American Hero, Remnick
  • A Whole Other Ballgame: Women's Literature on Women's Sport, Sandoz

 

 

Analysis of the Writer's Craft (Grades 11 and 12--semester)

  • Short Shorts, Howe and Howe
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Albee
  • Writing Down the Bones, Goldberg
  • The Bell Jar, Plath
  • Growing Up, Baker
  • A Moveable Feast, Hemingway
  • This Boy's Life, Wolff
  • This House of Sky, Doig
  • The Triggering Town, Hugo
  • The Art of Writing, Ferrera
  • A Pocketful of Poems, Madden
  • A Pocketbook of Modern American Short Stories, Stern
  • Welcome to the Monkey-House, Vonnegut
  • Sudden Fiction, Shapiro and Thomas
  • "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and Other Stories, O'Conner
  • Micro Fiction, Stern

Shakespeare and Chaucer (Grades 11 and 12--semester)

  •  "Prologue" to Canterbury Tales
  • "The Wife of Bath" Tale
  • "The Nun's Priest" Tale
  • Anthony and Cleopatra
  • King Lear
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Henry IV, Part I
  • As You Like It
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Othello
  • All's Well That Ends Well
  • Henry IV, Part II
  • Measure for Measure
  • Richard the Third
  • Sonnets

Women Writers (Grades 11 and 12--semester)

  • The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood
  • The Awakening, Chopin
  • Sula, Morrison
  • Herland, Perkins Gilman
  • "Blood Child", Butler
  • Women and Economics, Gilman
  • "The Yellow Wallpaper", Gilman
  • "Mama", Dorothy Allison
  • The Beauty Myth, Wolf
  • The Feminine Mystique, Freidan

American Writers of Color (Grades 11 and 12--semester)

  • The Woman Warrior, Kingston
  • Ceremony, Silko
  • And the Earth Did Not Devour Him, Rivera
  • Quicksand/Passing, Larsen
  • A Lesson Before Dying, Gaines
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston
  • Black Boy, Wright
  • Bless Me, Ultima, Anaya
  • Invisible Man, Ellison
  • House Made of Dawn, Momaday
  • So Far from God, Castillo
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain, Baldwin
  • Native Son, Wright
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist fight in Heaven, Alexie