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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

 

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