Reading Lists for English

If you plan to attend GHS, you REALLY should read some of these works. 

 

If you are scheduled or decide to take honors English or an AP English course, you are REQUIRED to read two texts, one from each column, PRIOR to your class starting, and you will test on one selection and complete a writing assignment of a typed dialectical journal or typed essay. The writing assignment must be typed and submitted to TurnItIn due BEFORE your class starts; the tests should be taken in the summer, but they may be taken with your teacher after school on 8/14 for the students who have English first or second semester or 1/15 for students who have English second semester.  Dates to take tests prior to the first week of school will be posted on the website in May.  If those conflict with travel plans, email housej@gcschools.net ; Mrs. House is at GHS often during the summer.  All instructions are in this packet and on the GHS website.

 

 

 

Honors English I

 

TEST ON ONE AND DIALETICAL JOURNAL OR ESSAY ON THE OTHER.  YOUR CHOICE.

 

Classic

Contemporary

Aeneid, Virgil

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

The Old Man and the Sea , Ernest Hemingway

The House on Mango Street,  Sandra Cisneros

The Iliad, Homer

 

Secret Life of Bees,  Sue Monk Kidd

Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family,  Condoleezza Rice

Ellen Foster,  Kaye Gibbons

The Art of Racing in the Rain,  Garth Stein

Shades of Simon Gray, Joyce McDonald

 

Honors English II

 

TEST ON ONE AND DIALETICAL JOURNAL OR ESSAY ON THE OTHER.  YOUR CHOICE.

 

Classic

Contemporary

Silas Marner, George Eliot

A Tale of Two Cities,  Charles Dickens

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton

 

The Book Thief,  Markus Zusak

The Things They Carried,  Tim O'Brien

Unbroken,  Lauren Hillenbrand

A Prayer for Own Meany, John Irving  

A Thousand Splendid Suns,  Khaled Hosseini

 

Advanced Placement Language and Composition English III

 

TEST ON ONE AND DIALETICAL JOURNAL ONLY ON THE OTHER.  YOUR CHOICE

 

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald                    The Crucible Arthur Miller

 

 

 

Advanced Placement Literature English IV

 

TEST ON ONE AND DIALETICAL JOURNAL ONLY ON THE OTHER.  YOUR CHOICE

 

Classic

Contemporary

Pride and Prejudice,  Jane Austen

1984,  George Orwell

Things Fall Apart,  Chinua Achebe

Heart of Darkness,  Joseph Conrad

Required:  How To Read Literature Like a Professor,  Thomas C. Foster

 

 

Note to parents and students:  You are encouraged to research the content of these books before you choose.  Several contain mature themes and controversial issues.  Please make a decision based on family discussion.  The English teachers strongly suggest that students purchase the books if possible so they can annotate and have their books and notes for class discussion.