Examples of high school reading lists

Here are three reading lists

CENTENNIAL HIGH

From the gender unit for Centennial's freshman English classes:

Core text

  • "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare (Common text for all students).

Choice texts for academic and honors students

  •  "Wintergirls" by Laurie Halse Anderson.
  •  "Ellen Foster" by Kaye Gibbons.
  •  "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare.
  •  "If You Come Softly" by Jacqueline Woodson.
  •  "Destroy All Cars" by Blake Nelson.
  •  "Flygirl" by Sherri L. Smith.
  •  "When the Black Girls Sings" by Bill Wright.
  •  "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.
  •  "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson.
  •  "I Will Save You" by Matt De La Pena.
  •  "Sorta Like a Rockstar" by Matthew Quick.
  •  "Story of a Girl" by Sara Zarr.

UNIVERSITY LABORATORY HIGH

Books English teacher Suzanne Linder is having Uni sophomores read this year (she's also considering teaching excerpts from "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad):

  •  "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles.
  •  "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare.
  •  Excerpts from "Paradise Lost" by John Milton.
  •  "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley.
  •  "Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw.
  •  "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.
  •  "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde.
  •  "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe.

FROM THE EXPERT

Teri Lesesne's suggestions for contemporary young adult book selections:

  •  "Looking For Alaska" by John Green.
  •  "A Wreath For Emmitt Till" by Marilyn Nelson.
  •  "Your Own Sylvia" by Shirley Hemphill.
  •  "Charles And Emma: The Darwins' Leap Of Faith" by Deborah Heiligman.
  •  "The Book Thief" by Marus Zusak.

All these titles have won the Printz Award for distinction in young adult literature. Lesesne, executive secretary of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of National Council of Teachers of English, also suggests books from the Young Adult Library Services Association's list for college-bound students, which can be found at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/obcb.

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