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Grade 7

"A Quest For Identity"-- An Introduction To Literature

The SDUHSD English curriculum is in alignment with the Reading/Language Arts Framework and Standards for California Public Schools. All students will use methods of critical reading and analysis across all textual genres. Students will read texts from each of the following genres, will use the SDUHSD MLA Style Guide for compositions, and will utilize standards-based speaking and listening strategies for oral presentations.

All students will read:

The Giver, Lois Lowry

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

Redwall, Brian Jacques
Animal Farm, George Orwell
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
Old Yeller, Fred Gipson
The Pearl, John Steinbeck
The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
The Hobbit, J. R. Tolkien

All students will be introduced to Shakespeare through the play:

A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare

Supplemental Books: As of summer 2002, the following works have been moved to a supplemental category. These selections may be used in the classroom but will not be replenished with district funds and will not be part of a new adoption.

Dragonsong, McCaffrey
Where the Red Fern Grows, Rawls
Treasure Island, Stevenson
Bearstone, Hobbs

All students will read selections from Holt Literature and Language Arts.

Grade 8

"The Search For Justice" - A Study Of Theme

The SDUHSD English curriculum is in alignment with the Reading/Language Arts Framework and Standards for California Public Schools. All students will use methods of critical reading and analysis across all textual genres. Students will read texts from each of the following genres, will use the SDUHSD MLA Style Guide for compositions, and will utilize standards-based speaking and listening strategies for oral presentations.

All students will read:

To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Diary of Anne Frank (the play by Goodrich and Hackett)
or The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

All students will read one or more from the following list:

Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor

Supplemental Books: As of summer 2002, the following works have been moved to a supplemental category. These selections may be used in the classroom but will not be replenished with district funds and will not be part of a new adoption.

The Call of the Wild, London
The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare
Twelfth Night, Shakespeare
Holes, Sacher

All students will read "Flowers for Algernon," by Daniel Keyes

All students will read selections from Holt Literature and Language Arts.

Grade 9

"The Individual In Conflict With Society" - Survey Of Literary Form

The SDUHSD English curriculum is in alignment with the Reading/Language Arts Framework and Standards for California Public Schools. All students will use methods of critical reading and analysis across all textual genres. Students will read texts from each of the following genres, will use the SDUHSD MLA Style Guide for compositions, and will utilize standards-based speaking and listening strategies for oral presentations.

All Students will read nonfiction from the following:

SDUHSD Nonfiction Reader - argument/persuasive exposition

And may choose one of the following:

Black Boy, Richard Wright - biography/biographical exposition
An American Childhood, Annie Dillard

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

The Lord of the Flies, William Golding
The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver A Separate Peace, John Knowles
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

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

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
Antigone, Sophocles
The Odyssey, Homer

All students will read short stories to include:

The Scarlet Ibis, James Hurst

All students will read selections from the McDougal Littell textbook to include expository texts, poetry, and short stories.

As of summer 2002, these works have been moved into the supplemental category. These selections may be used in the classroom, but will not be replenished by district funds and will not be part of a new adoption.

All Quiet on the Western Front
A Doll's House
The Good Earth
Gift from the Sea
Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle

Grade 10

"Journey Into The World" - A Survey Of World Literature

The SDUHSD English curriculum is in alignment with the Reading/Language Arts Framework and Standards for California Public Schools. All students will use methods of critical reading and analysis across all textual genres. Students will read texts from each of the following genres, will use the SDUHSD MLA Style Guide for compositions, and will utilize standards-based speaking and listening strategies for oral presentations.

All students will read nonfiction from the following:

SDUHSD Nonfiction Reader - argument/persuasive exposition

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

Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
The Stranger, Albert Camus
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Things Fall Apart, ChinuaAchebe

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

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
Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
Life and Death in Shanghai, Nien Chen
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende (Honors 10 with parent permission)
Maus, Art Spiegelman

As of summer 2002, these works have been moved into the supplemental category. These selections may be used in the classroom, but will not be replenished by district funds and will not be part of a new adoption.

Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto (seminar set only)
A River Sutra, Gita Mehta (seminar set only)

Grade 11

"To Be An American" - American Literature

The SDUHSD English curriculum is in alignment with the Reading/Language Arts Framework and Standards for California Public Schools. All students will use methods of critical reading and analysis across all textual genres. Students will read texts from each of the following genres, will use the SDUHSD MLA Style Guide for compositions, and will utilize standards-based speaking and listening strategies for oral presentations.

All students will read nonfiction from the following:

SDUHSD Nonfiction Reader - argument/persuasive exposition

And may choose one of the following:

Black Elk Speaks, as told to John G. Neihardt - narrative exposition
High Tide in Tucson, Barbara Kingsolver - narrative exposition

All students will read one novel from the following list:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
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

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

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
Saint Maybe, Anne Tyler
Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson

All students will read one play from the following list:

The Crucible, Arthur Miller
Fences, August Wilson
Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller

All students will read selections from the McDougal Littell textbook to include Native American literature, short stories, poetry and nonfiction.

As of summer 2002, these works have been moved into the supplemental category. These selections may be used in the classroom, but will not be replenished by district funds and will not be part of a new adoption.

The Piano Lesson (seminar set only)
Mama Day (seminar set only)

Grade 12

"Freedom And Responsibility" Literature In English

The SDUHSD English curriculum is in alignment with the Reading/Language Arts Framework and Standards for California Public Schools. All students will use methods of critical reading and analysis across all textual genres. Students will read texts from each of the following genres, will use the SDUHSD MLA Style Guide for compositions, and will utilize standards-based speaking and listening strategies for oral presentations.

All Students will read nonfiction from the following:

SDUHSD Nonfiction Reader - argument/persuasive exposition

All Students will read at least two novels from the following list:

The Secret Sharer, Conrad A
Heart of Darkness, Conrad
Cry, The Beloved Country, Paton
Wuthering Heights, Bronte
Childhood's End, Clarke
A Room with a View, Forster
Pride and Prejudice, Austen
Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Hardy
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce
Town Like Alice, Shute
Frankenstein, Shelley
1984, Orwell
My Brilliant Career, Franklin
The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood
A Room of One's Own, Woolf
The House of the Spirits, Allende
Dubliners, Joyce
Jane Eyre, Bronte


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
Pygmalion, Shaw

All students will read poetry. Selections may include the following:

Sound and Sense, Laurence Perrine
Beowulf
The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer

All students will read selections from the McDougal Littell textbook.

As of summer, 2002, Nervous Conditions has been moved into the supplemental category. Supplemental texts may be used in the classroom but will not be replenished by district funds and will not be part of a new adoption.