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English I Literature Texts

Semester 1

“Music for My Mother” - Essay
A Quilt of a Country – Anna Quindlen
“The Immigrant Contribution” from A Nation of Immigrants by John F. Kennedy
“American History” – Judith Ortiz Cofer
“Rules of the Game” from The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
“The Cost of Survival” - Essay
“The Seventh Man” – Haruki Murakami
“The Logic of Survivor Guilt” – Nancy Sherman
“The Key to Disaster Survival? Friends and Neighbors” – Shankar Vedantam
“1963: The Year that Changed Everything” – Essay
“I Have a Dream” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Letter from Birmingham Jail” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.” – Robert F. Kennedy
“For My People” – Margaret Walker
“Incident” – Natasha Trethewey
“Traveling from Just as I Thought” – Grace Paley
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Select One:
“Frank McCain Dies – Helped Start Sit-in Movement in Greensboro Lunch Counter” Jeff Tiberii & Carol Jackson
“How the Children of Birmingham Changed the Civil-Rights Movement” Lottie L. Joiner
“Sheyann Webb” from Selma, Lord Selma – as told to Frank Sikora
“The Many Lives of Hazel Bryan” David Margolick
Frannie Lou Hamer – BBC Video

Semester 2

The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet – William Shakespeare
The Chosen - Chaim Potok 
Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
Genesis 3
Gone and Back Again: A Traveler’s Advice – Jonathan Fuqua
The Hero’s Adventure – Joseph Campbell & Bill Moyers
Dream’s Winter – F. Scott Fitzgerald
By the Waters of Babylon – Stephen Vincent Benét
There Will Come Soft Rain – Ray Bradbury
The Nuclear Tourist – Nicola Ferguson
The Children of Knowledge – Deborah Ann
A Song on the End of the Word - Czeslaw
From Radiolab: War of the Worlds – Radio Broadcast/Orson Welles Producer
The Myth of War of the Worlds Panic – Jefferson Pooley & Michael Socolow

Select One: 
Popocatepetl and Ixtlaccihuat - Juliet Piggot Wood
Annabel Lee – Edgar Allan Poe
What’s the Rush? Young Brains Cause Doomed Love – Lexi Tucker
William Shakespear’s Romeo & Juliet – Eli Neugeboren
If Romeo and Juliet Had Cell Phones – Misty Harris

Select One:
Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse – Ali S. Khan
The Secret Bunker Congress Never Used – NPR News Article
The End of the World Might Just Look Like This – Megan Gambino
Fire and Ice – Robert Frost
Perhaps the World Ends Here – John Harjo
A Visit to the Doomsday Vault – 60 Minutes


English I (Credit Recovery) Literature Texts

Semester 1:

“My English” - Julia Alvarez
“I Have a Dream” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The Invalid’s Story” - Mark Twain
Excerpt from “Silent Spring” - Rachel Carson
“Single Room, Earth View” - Sally Ride
Excerpt from “A White House Diary” - Lady Bird Johnson
“Play Hard; Play Together; Play Smart” - from The Carolina Way Dean Smith with John Kilgo
“The Washwoman” - Isaac Bashevis Singer
“The Red-headed League” - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“A Celebration of Grandfathers” - Rudolfo A. Anaya


Semester 2:

“Desiderata” - Elizabeth McCracken
“The Necklace” - Guy de Maupassant
“Dreams” - Langston Hughes
“Women” - Alice Walker
“The Interlopers” - Saki
“The Road Not Taken” - Robert Frost
“Slam, Dunk, & Hook” - Yusef Komunyakaa
“Daily” - Naomi Shihab Nye
“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” - William Wordsworth
“I Have a Dream” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The Necklace” - Guy de Maupassant
“I Hear America Singing” - Walt Whitman
“Maggie and Milly and Molly and May” - E. E. Cummings
“The Horses” - Edwin Muir
“Macavity: The Mystery Cat” - T. S. Eliot
“Rules of the Game” - Amy Tan (Joy Luck Club)
“The Scarlet Ibis” - James Hurst
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare


English II Literature Texts

Semester 1:

"Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" - Jack Finney 
"View From the Summit" - Sir Edmund Hillary
"The Dream Comes True" - Tenzing Norgay with James Ramsey Ullman
“A Walk to the Jetty" from Annie John - Jamaica Kincaid
"Spring and All" - William Carlos Williams
"Fear" - Gabriela Mistral
"Damon and Pythias" - Classic Greek Myth
"How Much Land Does a Man Need?" - Leo Tolstoy
Excerpt from My Left Foot - Christy Brown 
"A Visit to Grandmother" - William Melvin Kelley
"After Apple-Picking" - Robert Frost
"Mowing," - Robert Frost
"Style" - Maya Angelou
"At Harvesttime" - Maya Angelou
"The Apple Tree" - Katherine Mansfield
"Through the Tunnel” - Doris Lessing
"The Dog That Bit People" - James Thurber
“Conscientious Objector” - Edna St. Vincent Millay
"A Man" - Nina Cassian
"The Weary Blues" - Langston Hughes
"Jazz Fantasia" - Carl Sandburg
"Hearts and Hands" - O. Henry
"The Fish" - Elizabeth Bishop
"The Cabuliwallah" - Rabindranath Tagore
Excerpt from “Speak, Memory" - Vladimir Nabokov
"Games at Twilight" - Anita Desai
"The Bridge" - Leopold Staff
"The Old Stoic" - Emily Bronte
"Speech During the Invasion of Constantinople" - Empress Theodora
"I Am Not One of Those Who Left the Land" - Anna Akhmatova
"The Good Deed" - Pearl S. Buck
"Thoughts of Hanoi" - Nguyen Thi Vinh
"Pride" - Dahlia Ravikovitch
"The Widow and the Parrot" - Virginia Wolf
"Civil Peace" - Chinua Achebe
"How to React to Familiar Faces" - Umberto Eco
"The Bean Eaters" - Gwendolyn Brooks
"The Street of the Cañon" - Josephine Niggli
"A Storm in the Mountains" - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
"In the Orchard" - Henrik Ibsen
"A Tree Telling of Orpheus" - Denise Levertov

Semester 2:

"The Open Window" - H. H. Munro (Saki)
"Leiningen Versus the Ants" - Carl Stephenson
“A Problem" - Anton Chekhov
"Luck" - Mark Twain
"There Will Come Soft Rains" - Ray Bradbury
"The Garden of Stubborn Cats" - Italo Calvino
"The Princess and All the Kingdom" - Par Lagerkvist
"The Censors" - Luisa Valenzuela
"The Marginal World" - Rachel Carson
Excerpt from The Way to Rainy Mountain - N. Scott Momaday
"Keep Memory Alive" - Elie Wiesel
"Flood" - Annie Dillard
"Mothers & Daughters" - Tillie Olsen and Estelle Jussim
"A Child's Christmas in Wales" - Dylan Thomas
"Marian Anderson: Famous Concert Singer" - Langston Hughes
"Star Wars—A Trip to a Far Galaxy That's Fun and Funny" - Vincent Canby
"Star Wars: Breakthrough Film Still Has the Force" - Roger Ebert
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
"The Stolen Child" - William Butler Yeats
"Cat's in the Cradle" - Harry and Sandy Chapin
"In Flanders Fields" - John McCrae
"The Kraken" - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
"Meeting at Night" - Robert Browning
"Reapers" - Jean Toomer
"Prayer of First Dancers" - Native American (Navajo)
"The Wind" - Emily Dickinson
"A Pace Like That" - Yehuda Amichai
"Metaphor" - Eve Merriam
"Right Hand" - Philip Fried
"La Belle Dame sans Merci" - John Keats 
"Danny Deever" - Rudyard Kipling
"Jade Flower Palace" - Tu Fu
"The Moon at the Fortified Pass" - Li Po 
"The Guitar" - Federico Garcia Lorca
"What Are Friends For" - Rosellen Brown
"Making a Fist" - Naomi Shihab Nye
"Some Like Poetry" - Wislawa Szymborska
"The Waking" - Theodore Roethke
"Sonnet 18" - William Shakespeare
Tanka - Priest Jakuren
Haiku - Matsuo Basho/Kobayashin Issa
Excerpt from Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
Excerpt from Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali - D. T. Niane
"Morte d'Arthur" - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
"Arthur Becomes King of Britain" - T. H. White


American Literature Texts

“The Earth on Turtle’s Back” Myth told by the Onondaga

"When Grizzlies Walked Upright” Myth told by the Modoc

"The Navajo Origin Legend” Myth told by the Navajo

“The Iroquois Constitution”

“To My Dear and Loving Husband” Anne Bradstreet

“The Tenth Muse” Anne Bradstreet

“Huswifery” Edward Taylor

“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” Jonathan Edwards

“The Declaration of Independence” Thomas Jefferson

“The American Crisis” Thomas Paine

“The Autobiography” Benjamin Franklin

“Poor Richard’s Almanack” Benjamin Franklin

“Straw Into Gold” Sandra Cisneros

“The Devil and Tom Walker” Washington Irving

“The Commission of Meriwether Lewis” Thomas Jefferson

“Crossing the Great Divide” Meriwether Lewis

“The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Thanatopsis” William Cullen Bryant

“Old Ironsides” Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The Minister’s Black Veil” Nathaniel Hawthorne

“The Fall of the House of Usher” Edgar Allan Poe

“The Raven” Edgar Allan Poe

“Nature” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Self-Reliance” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Concord Hymn” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Walden” Henry David Thoreau

“Civil Disobedience” Henry David Thoreau

“Because I could not stop for Death” Emily Dickinson

“I heard a Fly buzz – when I died” Emily Dickinson

“The Soul selects her own society” Emily Dickinson

“Water, is taught by thirst” Emily Dickinson

“Leaves of Grass” Walt Whitman

“Song of Myself” Walt Whitman

“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” Walt Whitman

“I hear America Singing” Walt Whitman

“A noiseless patient Spider” Walt Whitman

“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” Ambrose Bierce

“An Episode of War” Stephen Crane

“My Bondage and My Freedom” Frederick Douglass

“Go Down, Moses” Spiritual Song

“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” Spiritual Song

“Life on the Mississippi” Mark Twain

“The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” Mark Twain

“To Build a Fire” Jack London

“Pudd’nhead Wilson ‘A Whisper to the Reader’” Mark Twain

“The Story of an Hour” Kate Chopin

“Luke Havergal” Edwin Arlington

“Richard Cory” Edwin Arlington

“Lucinda Matlock” Edgar Lee Masters

“Richard Bone” Edgar Lee Masters

“The Wagner Matinee” Willa Cather

“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” T.S. Eliot

“A Few Don’ts” Ezra Pound

“In a Station of the Metro” Ezra Pound

“The Red Wheelbarrow” William Carlos Williams

“This is Just to Say” William Carlos Williams

“The Great Figure” William Carlos Williams

“Pear Tree” H.D.

“Winter Dreams” F. Scott Fitzgerald

“To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough” Robert Burns

“Of Mice and men” John Steinbeck

“In Another Country” Ernest Hemingway

“A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner

“A Worn Path” Eudora Welty

“The Night the Ghost Got In” James Thurber

“Chicago” Carl Sandburg

“Grass” Carl Sandburg

“Birches” Robert Frost

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” Robert Frost

“Mending Wall” Robert Frost

“Out, Out” Robert Frost

“Acquainted with the Night” Robert Frost

“The Gift Outright” Robert Frost

“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” Langston Hughes

“I, Too, Sing America” Langston Hughes

“Dream Variations” Langston Hughes

“Refugee in America” Langston Hughes

“Study the Master” Lucille Clifton

“For My Children” Colleen McElroy

“The Tropics in New York” Claude McKay

“A Black Man Talks of Reaping” Arna Bontemps

“From the Dark Tower” Countee Cullen

“Dust Tracks on a Road” Zora Neal Hurston

“Hiroshima” John Hersey

“The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” Randall Jerrell

“The Battle of the Easy Chair” Dr. Seuss

“Backing the Attack” New York Times Editorial

“The Life You Save may be Your Own” Flannery O’Connor

“The First Seven Years” Bernard Malamud

“Mirror” Sylvia Plath

“Courage” Anne Sexton

“The Explorer” Gwendolyn Brooks

“Frederick Douglass” Robert Hayden

“The Crucible” Arthur Miller

“Antojos” Julia Alvarez

“Everyday Use” Alice Walker

“Halley’s Comet” Stanley Kunitz

“Mother Tongue” Amy Tan

“For the Love of Books” Rita Dove

“Tuesdays with Morrie” Mitch Albom

British & World Literature Texts

Semester 1:

“The Battle of Maldon” George Clark

“A World of Heroes” Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus

“Miracle on Hacksaw Ridge” Documentary

“Defending Nonviolent Resistance” Mohandas Gandhi

“Narrative of Sojourner Truth” Sojourner Truth

“To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars” Richard Lovelace

“The Charge of the Light Brigade” Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“The Charge of the Light Brigade” Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“Dulce et Decorum Est” Wilfred Owen

“The New Psychology of Leadership” Steve Reicher, Alex Haslam, Michael Platow

“Sermon on the Mount”

“The Canterbury Tales” Geoffrey Chaucer

“The Worms of the Earth Against the Lions” Barbara W. Tuchman

“On Seeing England for the First Time” Jamaica Kincaid

“XXIII From Midsummer” Derek Walcott

“Passenger Manifest for the MV Empire Windrush”

“Pride and Prejudice” Jane Austen

“The Assignment of My Life” Ruth Gruber

“A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” John Donne

“Holy Sonnet 10” John Donne

Psalm 137

“Jerusalem” Matisyahu

“Gulliver’s Travels” Jonathan Swift

“The Pilgrim’s Progress” John Bunyan

“A Modest Proposal” Jonathan Swift

“The Importance of Being Earnest” Oscar Wilde

“Victorian Times” Documentary

“Sonnet 43” Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Semester 2:

“Better to Have Never Met at All”

“Ozymandias” Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Why Brownlee Left” Paul Muldoon

“Man’s Short Life and Foolish Ambition” Margaret Cavendish

Ecclesiastes 1

“When God Spoke English: The Making of the King James Bible” Documentary

“The Lagoon” Joseph Conrad

“What’s Your Time Perspective?” Jane Collingwood

“If” Rudyard Kipling

“Polonius’ Advice” William Shakespeare

“Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” Mary Schmich“

Mere Christianity” C.S. Lewis

“C.S. Lewis – The Hope Bringer” Documentary

“C.S. Lewis, Apologist” Article


“Early Dismissal”

“Tintern Abbey” William Wordsworth

“The Prelude” William Wordsworth

“Better Never to Have Met at All”

“Mrs. Dalloway” Virginia Woolf

“The Most Forgetful Man in the World” from Moon Walking With Einstein

“When Memories Never Fade, The Past Can Poison the Present”

“The Madeleine” from Remembrance of Things Past

“Time and Free Will” Henri Bergson

“The Portrait of a Lady” Henry James

“Home Away from Home”

“Back to My Own Country: An Essay” Andrea Levy

“A History of the English Church and People” Bede

“History of Jamaica” Clinton Vane Black

“St. Crispin’s Day Speech/Home Thoughts, From Abroad”

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