Core Text Lists 9-11

Throughout their 4 years in high school, students will read a range of genres of classical and contemporary texts selected around culturally responsive themes and aspects of character for students to read and analyze. Some of these texts are universal required texts, that all students of a grade level read, and some are selected by the instructor to achieve a variety of academic goals in their individual classrooms. Additionally, students may also be asked to read supplemental texts - fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as literature circle texts or other independently chosen titles. Please see your child's teacher for more information on the specific offerings for the course. 

Below, is a list of core texts that students may encounter in their 9-11 English courses, as of the 2019-20 school year. Bolded texts are required reading for all students at a grade level. This list does not include texts for the AIM program, AP courses or Senior English courses. For a list of potential texts for these courses, please see the instructor or the Department Coordinator.

In English 9, students might read: 

  • To Kill a Mockingbird By: Harper Lee
  • Romeo and Juliet By: William Shakespeare
  • Antigone BySophocles
  • Lord of the Flies By: William Golding  
  • When the Emperor Was Divine By: Julie Otsuka
  • Of Mice and Men By: John Steinbeck
  • The Bean Trees By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • “I Have a Dream” By: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “The Lottery” By: Shirley Jackson
  • "Most Dangerous Game" By: Richard Connell
  • "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" By: Karen Russell

In English 10, students might read: 

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth By: William Shakespeare
  • Othello  By: William Shakespeare
  • A Tale of Two Cities By: Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations By: Charles Dickens
  • A Christmas Carol By: Charles Dickens 
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Jane Eyre By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Sense and Sensibility, or other selections By: Jane Austen
  • The Handmaid’s Tale By: Margaret Atwood
  • A Raisin the Sun By: Lorraine Hansberry
  • A Separate Peace By: John Knowles
  • The Catcher in the Rye By: J.D. Salinger
  • 1984 By: George Orwell
  • Anthem By: Ayn Rand
  • “Dulce et Decorum Est”  By: Wilfred Owen
  • “O Me O Life” By: Walt Whitman
  • “Hanging Fire” By: Audre Lorde
  • “If We Must Die” By: Claude McKay
  • “How Does a Poem Mean?”   By: John Ciardi 

In English 11, students might read: 

  • The Great Gatsby By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn   By: Mark Twain
  • Selections of Transcendentalism Essays (may include Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” and “Nature” as well as Thoreau’s “Walden” and “Civil Disobedience”)
  • A Lesson Before Dying By: Ernest Gaines
  • The Scarlet Letter By: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Shoeless Joe By: W.P. Kinsella
  • The Crucible By: Arthur Miller
  • The Bluest Eye    By: Toni Morrison
  • The Things They Carried By: Tim O’Brien
  • The Red Badge of Courage By: Stephen Crane
  • The Tortilla Curtain By: TC Boyle
  • The Grapes of Wrath By: John Steinbeck


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