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    Seattle Public Schools Language Arts 9-11

    Approved Instructional Materials

    Ninth Grade Introduction to Literature and Composition

    This course is the students’ “launching pad” to high school. The core and core choice texts should reflect the themes of identity and self-discovery. Works will also be chosen that lend themselves to an analysis of the elements of literature. Classical and contemporary college-bound works will be included, and the core choice list should reflect a variety of reading levels and cultures, as well as a variety of themes.


    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie

    The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

    American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang

    Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie

    Bastard Out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison

    Before We Were Free, Julia Alvarez

    Black Boy, Richard Wright

    Bride Price, Buchi Emecheta

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

    Dreams of Trespass, Fatima Mernissi

    Ellen Foster, Kay Gibbons

    Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card

    Feed, M. T. Anderson

    Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

    Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto

    Life of Pi, Yann Martel

    Luna, Julie Anne Peters

    Night, Elie Wiesel

    The Odyssey, Homer

    Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

    A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry

    Ramayana, R.K. Narayan

    Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

    This Boy’s Life, Tobias Wolff

    When Elephants Dance, Tess Uriza Holthe

     

    Tenth Grade: World Literature and Composition

    Tenth grade selections will reflect a mostly non-Western, geographical emphasis. Classical and contemporary college-bound works will be included, and the core choice list should reflect a variety of reading levels and cultures, as well as a variety of themes.

     

    Animal Farm, George Orwell

    Antigone, Sophocles

    The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

    Breath, Eyes, Memory, Edwidge Danticat

    Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

    Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    The Color of Water, James Mc Bride

    The Dark Child, Camara Laye

    Fountain and Tomb, Naguib Mahfouz

    Haroun and Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie

    In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez

    The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

    Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel

    Lord of the Flies, William Golding

    Master Harold and Boys, Athol Fugard

    Maus, Art Spiegelman

    Mother to Mother, Sindiwe Magona

    Nectar in the Sieve, Kamala Markandaya

    Othello, William Shakespeare

    Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi

    Siddhartha, Herman Hesse

    The Sound of Waves, Yukio Mishima

    The Tempest, William Shakespeare

    Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

     

    Eleventh Grade American Literature and Composition

    Eleventh grade core and core choice texts should reflect a variety of multicultural perspectives. Some ties to historical chronology/historical context should be possible. Major themes for this grade level are the different interpretations of the American experience and the American dream. Classical and contemporary college-bound works will be included, and the core choice list should reflect a variety of reading levels and cultures, as well as a variety of themes.

     

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

    The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

    Bone, Fae Myenne Ng

    Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

    The Color Purple, Alice Walker

    The Crucible, Arthur Miller

    The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

    The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Hunger of Memory, Richard Rodriguez

    Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer

    Jasmine, Bharati Mukherjee

    Kindred, Octavia E. Butler

    The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie

    Love Medicine, Lousie Erdrich

    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglas

    Native Son, Richard Wright

    The Piano Lesson, August Wilson

    The Rain God, Arturo Islas

    The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut

    A Street Car Named Desire, Tennessee Williams

    Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

    The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien

    Walden, Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau

    When the Emperor Was Divine, Julie Otsuka

     

    Twelfth Grade: Comparative Literature and Composition

    Note: 12th grade is not a graduation requirement. The list of suggested titles below have been reviewed and recommended by the Language Arts Materials Adoption should Language Arts 12 become a graduation requirement.

     

    These texts should be chosen for a high level of complexity. The texts should lend themselves to comparative analysis, across genres or themes or within genres or themes. Classical and contemporary college-bound works will be included, and the core choice list should reflect a variety of reading levels and cultures, as well as a variety of themes.

     

    1984, George Orwell

    As You Like It, William Shakespeare

    The Awakening, Kate Chopin

    Beloved, Toni Morrison

    Beowulf, No Name

    Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Fences, August Wilson

    Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

    God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

    A Good Man Is Hard to Find, Flannery O’ Conner

    Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

    Hamlet, William Shakespeare

    The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

    The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende

    Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

    Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

    Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Native Speaker, Chang-Rae Lee

    Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga

    The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner

    The Stranger, Albert Camus

    To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

    White Teeth, Zadie Smith

    Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys