6-12 Required Readings (updated 4/3/2017)

Required Reading for Advanced English 6

Novel Study Introduction

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
Wonder R.J. Palacio Realistic Fiction – Sixth grade introduction, socializing/anti-bullying
Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis Historical Fiction – 1920s, Great Depression, Connection to US History content
Number the Stars Lois Lowry Historical Fiction – WWII, Connection to US History Content
Diary of Anne Frank Anne Frank Biography – Paired texts, WWII, Connection to US History Content
Required Reading for Advanced English 7

Genre Study

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
Peter Pan J.M. Barrie Fairy tale – Lack of government structure, Connection to Civics Content
The Outsiders S.E. Hinton Realistic Fiction – coming of age, socioeconomics
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Science Fiction  – Red Scare/Communism, Connection to Civics Content
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred Taylor Historical Fiction – Roaring 20s, Great Depression, Connection to US History
Required Reading for Advanced English 8

World Literature

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
Tell Tale Heart Edgar Allen Poe Horror – American literature, symbolism
The Raven Edgar Allen Poe Horror – American literature, symbolism
The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allen Poe Gothic – American literature
A Christmas Carol

 

Charles Dickens

 

Drama/Fantasy – British literature, cultural study
Greek Mythology Unit   Mythology – Greek literature, cultural study
Required Reading for Honors English 6

Genre Study

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred Taylor Historical Fiction – Roaring 20s, Great Depression, Connection to US History
A Christmas Carol Edgar Allen Poe Drama/Fantasy
Wonder  R.J. Palacio Realistic Fiction – socializing/anti-bullying
The Giver

 

Lois Lowry Science Fiction – Utopia (war, poverty, government)
The Outsiders S.E. Hinton Realistic Fiction/Coming of Age – Social Classes, Connection to US History
Required Reading for Honors 7

American Literature

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
Common Sense Thomas Paine Nonfiction – colonization, Connection to Civics
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain Adventure – freedom, Connection to Civics
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane Historical Fiction – The Civil War, Connection to US History and Civics
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Science Fiction  – Red Scare/Communism, Connection to Civics
Required Reading for Honors English 8

British Literature 

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
Beowulf Anonymous Epic Heroic Poetry – Old English, culture, World Geography – early 19th century
Le Morte d’Arthur (selections) Translated by Waldo Cutler Legend – Middle English, 15th century
The Canterbury Tales (selections) Translated by Geoffrey Chaucer Early Middle English, 14th century
A Midsummer Night’s Dream William Shakespeare Comedy/ Play – student performance, 16th century
Moll Flanders/Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe Realistic Fiction – presented as true stories, start of the realistic fiction genre, early 18th century
Dracula Bram Stoker Gothic Horror – late 19th century
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens Realistic Fiction – mid 19th century
Animal Farm George Orwell Allegory, dystopian – 20th century
Required Reading for English 9

Novel Study

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
Somewhere in the Darkness Walter Dean Myers Young Adult Novel
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare World History I: English Renaissance
Night Elie Wiesel Non-Fiction/Memoir
The Odyssey Homer World History I: Ancient Greece/Mythology
Required Reading for Advanced English 9

Novel Study

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
Lord of the Flies William Golding Allegory
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare World History I: English Renaissance
Night Elie Wiesel Non-Fiction/Memoir
The Odyssey Homer World History I: Ancient Greece/Mythology
Wuthering Heights* Emily Bronte Gothic Novel
Jane Eyre* Charlotte Bronte Gothic Novel
A Tale of Two Cities* Charles Dickens Victorian Literature
Great Expectations* Charles Dickens Victorian Literature; Bildungsroman

*One of these selections is required.

Required Reading for Honors English 9

Novel Study

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells Novel/Science Fiction
Oedipus Rex Sophocles World History I: Ancient Greece
The Tempest William Shakespeare World History I: English Renaissance
Night Elie Wiesel Non-Fiction/Memoir
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Mark Twain Novel/Fantasy
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams Science Fiction
Required Reading for English 10

Genre Study

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
Twelve Angry Men Reginald Rose Drama
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee World History II: Jim Crow, Civil rights
Othello/Julius Caesar William Shakespeare World History II: English Renaissance
Required Reading for Advanced English 10

Genre Study

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
Twelve Angry Men Reginald Rose Drama
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee World History II: Jim Crow, Civil rights
Othello/Julius Caesar William Shakespeare World History II: English Renaissance
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque World History II: World War I
Required Reading for Honors English 10

Genre Study

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger World History II: Censorship
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie Mystery Novel
Our Town Thorton Wilder Metatheater
A Time to Kill John Grisham World History II: Post-Civil Rights Era
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee World History II: Jim Crow, Civil rights
Othello/Julius Caesar William Shakespeare World History II: English Renaissance
Required Reading for English 11

American Literature

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
The Crucible Arthur Miller US History: Colonial America; Puritanism; Cold War
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck US History: Great Depression; Dust Bowl
A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry US History: Civil Rights
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas Frederick Douglas US History: Civil War; Slavery
Their Eyes Were Watching God* Zora Neale Hurston US History: Harlem Renaissance
The Color Purple* Alice Walker US History: Civil Rights, Jim Crow

*One of these selections is required.

Required Reading for Advanced English 11

American Literature

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
The Crucible Arthur Miller US History: Colonial America; Puritanism; Cold War
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck US History: Great Depression; Dust Bowl
A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry US History: Civil Rights Movement
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas Frederick Douglas US History: Civil War; Slavery
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald US History: Jazz Age; Lost Generation
Their Eyes Were Watching God* Zora Neale Hurston US History: Harlem Renaissance
The Color Purple* Alice Walker US History: Civil Rights, Jim Crow

*One of these selections is required.

Required Reading for Honors English 11

American Literature

Title Author Rationale/Content Connection
The Crucible Arthur Miller US History: Colonial America; Puritanism; Cold War
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck US History: Great Depression; Dust Bowl
A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry US History: Civil Rights Movement
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas Frederick Douglas US History: Civil War; Slavery
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald US History: Jazz Age; Lost Generation
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston US History: Harlem Renaissance
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner US History: Reconstruction; Jim Crow

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