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Grade 7
Reading List


All students will read at least three selections from the following:

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Redwall by Brian Jacques

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey

The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The Children’s Story by James Clavell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

The Messenger by Lois Lowry

Kind of Shadows by Susan Cooper

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Downriver by Will Hobbs

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Treasure Island by Robert Lois Stevenson

Bearstone by Will Hobbs

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Monsters are Due on Maple Street by Rod Serling

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins




All students will read short stories, poetry, and expository texts from the 7th grade literature book and other sources as needed.




Grade 8
Reading List



All students will read at least three selections from the following:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

Call of the Wild by Jack London

Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye

Holes by Louis Sacher

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Witness by Karen Hesse

All But My Life by Gerda Weissman

Night by Elie Wiesel

Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

The Diary of Anne Frank (play), Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

The Outliers,  by Malcolm Gladwell.



All students will read short stories, poetry, and expository texts from the 8th grade literature book and other sources as needed.



Grade 9

SDUHSD Reading list


All Students will read one of the following:

SDUHSD Nonfiction Reader – argument/persuasive exposition

I know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Black Boy, Richard Wright – biography/biographical exposition

An American Childhood, Annie Dillard Supplemental

Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom

Hiroshima, John Hersey

Freedom Writers Diary


All students will read at least one novel or epic poem from the following list:

The Lord of the Flies, William Golding

Speak, Laurie Anderson

The Bean Trees, Barbra Kingsolver

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

A Separate Peace, John Knowles

The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

The Odyssey, Homer

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens 

The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon


All Students will read at least one play from the following list:


Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare

Antigone, Sophocles

The Piano Lesson, August Wilson



All students will read outside selections including expository texts, poetry, and short stories.




Grade 10

SDUHSD Reading List


All students will read nonfiction from the following:

SDUHSD Nonfiction Reader – argument/persuasive exposition

On Writing, Stephen King


All students will read at least one work of fiction from the following list:

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

The Stranger, Albert Camus

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, McCullers  

Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Pevlear/Vol. translation

Maus, Art Spiegelman

The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

The House of the Spirits, Isabella Allende

Obasan, Joy Kogawa

Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

 

All students will read at least one play from the following list:

Oedipus Rex, Sophocles

Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand

The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare

Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett

A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry


All students will read short stories from at least one of the following texts:

The Eye of the Heart

World Writers Today

World Literature


All students will read one or more of the following works in a seminar:

 

Bless Me Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya

The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay

Life and Death in Shanghai, Nien Chen

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A River Sutra, Gita Mehta

Life of PI, Yann Martel

Sister of My Heart, Chitra Divakaruni

Anna Karenia, Leo Tolstoy

Free the Children, Craig Kielburger

Game of Thrones, George R. Martin


All students will read outside selections including expository texts, poetry, and short stories.



Grade 11

SDUHSD Reading List


All students will read nonfiction from the following:

 

SDUHSD Nonfiction Reader – argument/persuasive exposition

Black Elk Speaks  

High Tide in Tucson

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1st Edition)

Nickel and Dimed Barbara Ehrenreich

Walden & Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser

 

All students will read one novel from the following list:

 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

The Awakening, Kate Chopin

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

Once Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kessey

The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien

The Tortilla Curtain, T.C. Boyle

The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin

 

All students will read at least one of the following works, or a work from the list above, in a seminar:

 

Catch 22, Joseph Heller On the Road, Jack Kerouac

Saint Maybe, Anne Tyler Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson

Rain of Gold, Victor Villasenor The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein

A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

Summer, Edith Wharton

 

All students will read one play from the following list:

 

The Crucible, Arthur Miller

Fences, August Wilson

Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller

The Laramie Project, Moises Kaufman


All students will read outside selections including expository texts, poetry, and short stories.





Grade 12

SDUHSD Reading List


All students will read nonfiction from one of the following:

 

SDUHSD Nonfiction Reader – argument/persuasive exposition

Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer

How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster

Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl

The Color of Water, James McBride

A Room of One’s Own, Virgina Woolf

Terror in the Name of God, Jessica Stern

 

All students will read at least one work of fiction from the following list:

 

The Secret Sharer, Conrad

A Town like Alice, Shute

Heart of Darkness, Conrad

Frankenstein, Shelley

Cry, The Beloved Country, Paton

1984, Orwell

Wuthering Heights, Bronte

My Brilliant Career, Franklin

Childhood’s End, Clarke

The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood

A Room with a View, Forster

Dubliners, James Joyce

Pride and Prejudice, Austen

V for Vendetta, James McTeigue

Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Hardy

Going After Cachiatto, Tim O’Brien

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce

Jane Eyre, Bronte

The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

Siddartha, Herman Hesse

Ishmael, Daniel Quinn

Never Let me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro


All students will read at least one play from the following list:

 

The Tragedy of Macbeth, Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Shakespeare

The Tragedy of King Lear, Shakespeare

Othello, Shakespeare

Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare

Pygmalion, Shaw

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

 

All students will read outside selections including expository texts, poetry, and short stories.