Oakland Unified School District Recommended and Extended Literature List Grades 9-12 Required Literature



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Recommended and Extended Literature List

Grades 9-12
Required Literature: Teachers district-wide are required to teach the selected required text for each grade level. Sites may choose to require additional books at each grade level.
Recommended Literature: This literature supplements the core Holt Literature and Language Arts Program. This list includes selections that benefit from/require teacher support and scaffolding in the classroom. These works are given a close reading and intensive consideration within a whole class setting and are the centerpiece of a standards-based unit that addresses the four English/Language arts domains: reading, writing, written and oral language conventions, and listening and speaking. These texts should be works of compelling intellectual, social or moral content and reflect excellent use of language.
Lexile Reading Level: The Lexile Framework® for Reading is a scientific approach to reading and text measurement. It includes the Lexile® measure and the Lexile scale. The Lexile measure is a reading ability or text difficulty score followed by an “L” (e.g., “850L”). The Lexile scale is a developmental scale for reading ranging from 200L for beginning readers to above 1700L for advanced text. Lexile measures are based on two well-established predictors of how difficult a text is to comprehend: semantic difficulty (word frequency) and syntactic complexity (sentence length). The CRL number from the STAR Program is based on the Lexile Framework, and is reported as a truncated Lexile measure.

Using Reading Levels: Matching a reader’s Lexile measure to a text with the same Lexile measure leads to an expected 75 percent comprehension rate — not too difficult to be frustrating, but difficult enough to be challenging and to encourage reading progress. Choose texts lower in the student’s Lexile range when factors make the reading situation more challenging, threatening or unfamiliar. Select texts at or above the student’s range to stimulate growth when a topic is of extreme interest to a student, or when you will be adding additional support such as background teaching or discussion. Use the free Lexile Book Database (at www.Lexile.com) to support book selection and create booklists within a student’s Lexile range to help the student make informed choices when selecting texts. Use the free Lexile Calculator (at www.Lexile.com) to gauge expected reading comprehension at different Lexile measures for readers and texts.
Non-prose Text (NP): A text designated as "NP" is any book whose content is at least 50 percent nonstandard prose. Some examples are poems, plays, songs, and books with incorrect or no punctuation.

English 1 - 9th Grade




Lexile Reading Level

Required Literature – Grade 9




Fallen Angels (Meyers)

650L







Recommended Literature – Grade 9




Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)

NP

Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare)

NP

House on Mango Street (Cisneros)

870L

Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)

630L

Odyssey (Homer)

1050L

To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)

870L

Thousand Pieces of Gold (McCunn)

940L

*Fast Food Nation (Schlooser)

1240L

A Lesson Before Dying (Gaines)

750L

*Barrio Boy (Galarza)

1140L

Animal Farm (Orwell)

1170L

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Angelou)

1070L

Parrot in the Oven (Martinez)

1000L

Witch of Goingsnake and Other Stories (Conley)




Miracle Worker (Gibson) (in textbook)

NP

Shadow of the Dragon (Garland)

840L

Picture Bride (Uchida)

970L

Parable of the Sower (Butler)

710L

Mythology (Hamilton)

1040L

Illiad (Homer)

1330L

Inland Whale (Kroeber)

1170L

Best Stories of Jack London (London)

900-1150L

Martian Chronicles (Bradbury)

740L

* Bean Trees (Kingsolver)

900L

* A Gathering of Flowers (ed. Thomas)

890L

*Canary Row (Steinbeck)

930L

*Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry (ed: Gillan)

NP

*Am I Blue? (Bauer)

760L









English 2 – 10th Grade

Required Literature – Grade 10




Night (Wiesel)

590L







Recommended Literature - Grade 10




Things Fall Apart (Achebe)

890L

Like Water for Chocolate (Esquivel)

1030L

Julius Caesar (Shakespeare)

NP

Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare)

NP

The Joy Luck Club (Tan)

930L

The Color Purple (Walker)

670L

Yellow Raft in Blue Water (Dorris)

980L

Cry, The Beloved Country (Paton)

860L

Anitgone (Sophocles)

NP

Nectar in the Sieve (Markandaya)

900L

Bless Me, Ultima (Anaya)

840L

Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)

1130L

Great Expectations (Dickens)

1200L

Somehow Tenderness Survives: Stories of

990L

Kitchen God's Wife (Tan)

810L

Lord of the Flies (Golding)

770L

Farenheit 451 (Bradbury)

890L

Christmas Carol (Dickens)

920L

*Cool Salsa (ed: Carlson)

NP

*Yell-Oh Girls (Nam)

1080L

*Lone Ranger and Tanto Fistfight in Heaven (Alexie)

830L









English 3 – 11th Grade

Required Literature – Grade 11




Narrative in the Life of Frederick Douglas

1080L







Recommended literature – Grade 11




The Bluest Eye (Morrison)

920L

Black Boy (Wright)

950L

Sula (Morrison)

1050L

Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)

1070L

Piano Lesson (Wilson)

NP

Catcher in the Rye (Salinger)

790L

A Raisin in the Sun (Hansberry)

NP

Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne)

1340L

Autobiography of Malcolm X (Haley)

1120L

Crucible (Miller)


NP

Their Eyes Were Watching God (Hurston)

1080L

Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck)

680L

..And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (Rivera)

690L

Fences (Wilson)

NP

Choice of Weapons (Parks)




Woman Warrior (Kingston)

880L

So Far From God (Castillo)




*Slaughterhouse Five (Vonnegut)

850L

*Hiroshima (Hersey)

1190L

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem Village (Conde)




Wild Seed (Butler)

?500-800L

Ceremony (Silko)

890L

Song of Solomon (Morrison)

870L

Betsy Brown (Shange)




Black Folktales (Lester)

700

Invisible Man (Ellison)

950L

Death of a Salesman (Miller)

NP

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Twain)

990L

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf (Shange)

NP

Down These Mean Streets (Thomas)

820L

Puddin' Head Wilson (Twain)




Go Tell It On the Mountain (Baldwin)

1030L

Hunger of Memory (R. Rodriguez)

920L

Macho (Villasenor)

660L

*Souls of Black Folks (Dubois)

1280L

*A Hundred Secret Senses (Tan)

800-900L

* Animal Dreams (Kingsolver)

790L








English 4 – 12th Grade

Required Literature – Grade 12




Macbeth (Shakespeare)

NP







Recommended Literature – Grade 12




Ake (Soyinka)




Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali (Niane)

NP

Beloved (Morrison)

870L

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Solzhenitsyn)

900L

Metamorphosis (Kafka)

1320L

Hamlet (Shakespeare)

NP

Native Son (Wright)

700L

Othello (Shakespeare)

NP

Kaffir Boy (Mathabane)

1040L

Handmaid's Tale (Atwood)

750L

Theban Plays (Sophocles)

1050L

When Heaven & Earth Changed Places (Hayslip)

1100L

House of Spirits (Allende)

1280L

July's People (Gordimer)

970L

Stranger (Camus)

880L

Frankenstein (Shelley)

1170L

Pride and Prejudice (Austen)

1100L

Siddhartha (Hesse)

1010L

*A Doll’s House (Isben)

NP

*Grendel (Gardner)

920L

Jane Eyre (Brontë)

890L

Jasmine (Mukherjee)




Picture of Dorian Gray (Wilde)

920L

So Long a Letter (Ba)




Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky)

850L

Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)

1440L

Heart of Darkness (Conrad)

1050L

One Hundred Years of Solitude (Marquez)

1410L

Rashoman (Akutagawa)

1030L

Walk in the Night and Other Stories (La Guma)




When Rain Clouds Gather (Head)




Three Tragedies (Lorca)

NP

Tempest (Shakespeare)

NP

Wuthering Heights (Brontë)

880L

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China




*The Alchemist (Coelho)

910L

* Pablo Neruda Selected Poems (ed. Tarn)

NP



5/13/2016


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