PWHS Core Title English Language Arts

2020-2021

English 1 / English 2

  • "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
  • "Breathing Underwater" by Flinn
  • "The Odyssey" by Homer
  • "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare
  • "The Glass Castle" by Walls
  • Animal Farm" by George Orwell (optional)

Honors English 1 / Honors English 2
 

  • "The Book Thief" by Zusak (required summer reading)
  • "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
  • "The Odyssey" by Homer
  • "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare
  • "The Glass Castle" by Walls

Choice by Teacher/Student:

  • "Fahrenheit 451" by Bradbury
  • "Ordinary People" by Guest
  • "Siddhartha" by Hesse
  • "Brave New World" by Huxley
  • "1984" by George Orwell
  • "The Hobbit" by Tolkien
  • "A Separate Peace" by Knowles
  • "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Angelou

English 3
 

  • "The Great Gatsby" by Fitzgerald
  • "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Haddon
  • "A Raisin in the Sun" by Hansberry
  • "The Road" by McCarthy
  • "Of Mice and Men" by Steinbeck

Honors English 3
 

  • Foster's "How to Read Literature" and "A Farewell to Arms" by Hemingway or "The Awakening" by Chopin or "Their Eyes are Watching God" by Hurston (required summer reading)
     
  • "The Great Gatsby" by Fitzgerald
  • "The Road" by McCarthy
  • "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Haddon
  • "Of Mice and Men" by Steinbeck
  • "Grapes of Wrath" by Steinbeck (selections)
  • "A Raisin in the Sun" by Hansberry or "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
     

English 4
 

  • "Lord of the Flies" by Golding
  • "The Alchemist" by Coelho
  • "The Other Wes Moore" by Moore
  • "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Williams

Honors English 4
 

  • "Catcher in the Rye" by Salinger (required summer reading)
     
  • "Lord of the Flies" by Golding
  • "The Alchemist" by Coelho
  • "Macbeth" by Shakespeare or "Othello" by Shakespeare
  • "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Williams

Advanced Placement English language
 

  • See Mr. Hackett or Mr. Costanzo for required for summer reading titles
     
  • "In Cold Blood" by Capote
  • "On Writing" by King
  • "Bird by Bird" by Lamott
  • "A Hanging" by Orwell
  • "Mother Tongue" by Tan
  • "A Modest Proposal" by Swift
  • "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by Sedaris
  • "Dubliners" by Joyce
  • "Angela's Ashes" by McCourt
  • "Macbeth" by Shakespeare or "King Lear" by Shakespeare

Advanced placement English Literature
 

  • See Mr. Hackett or Mr. Costanzo for required summer reading titles
     
  • "The Illiad" (selections) by Homer and "Black Hawk Down" by Bowden
  • "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes" by Kesey
  • "Life of Pi" by Martel
  • "Benito Cereno" by Melville
  • "Fountainhead" by Rand or "We the Living" by Rand
  • "Catcher in the Rye" by Salinger or "Our Town" by Wilder
  • "Slaughterhouse Five" by Vonnegut or "Hamlet" by Shakespeare
  • "Frankenstein" by Shelley or "O Pioneers" by Cather

English 5
 

  • "Into the Wild" by Krakauer
  • "The Crucible" by Miller

Honors English 5 - American Literature
 

  • "The Last Lecture" by Pausch (required summer reading)
     
  • "Into the Wild" by Krakauer
  • "The Crucible" by Miller
  • "The Bluest Eye" by Morrison or "This Boy's Life" by Wolff
  • "The Things They Carried" by O'Brien

Honors English 5 - Contemporary Literature
 

  • "The Last Lecture" by Pausch (required summer reading)
     
  • Choice of
    • "The Handmaid's Tale" by Atwood
    • "The Kite Runner" by Hosseini
    • "The Bluest Eyes" by Morrison
    • "The Things They Carried" by O'Brien
       
  • "Oleanna" by Mamet
     
  • Choice of
    • "Outliers" by Gladwell
    • "Into the Wild" by Krakauer
    • "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Skloot
       
  • Short Stories
    • "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Oates
    • "Killings" by Dubus
    • "The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas" by LeGuin
    • "Perfect Day for Bananafish" by Salinger
    • "Hills Like White Elephants" by Hemingway
    • "Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play" by Alexie
    • "The Interpreter of Maladies" by Lahiri
    • "Say Yes" by Wolff

Honors English Seminar
 

  • "A Clockwork Orange" by Burgess
  • "The Last of the Mohicans" by Cooper
  • "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Franklin
  • "Into the Wild" by Krakauer
  • "The Crucible" by Miller
  • "The Things They Carried" by O'Brien
  • And excerpts from various American authors

Writing fellows
 

  • "The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors" by Ryan and Zimmereilli
  • "The Longman Guilde to Peer Tutoring" (selected chapters) by Gellespie and Lerner
  • "The St. Martin's Sourcebook for Writing Tutors" by Murphy and Sherwood
  • Various articles from Academic Journals

 

NOTE: In addition to the core reading selections listed, teachers will also select other titles for their classes from a larger approved list.