Reading List

The following is a list of books we will be reading and analyzing this year in my classes. All are available in the school library; however, I recommend that you purchase your own copies so that you can begin to build your own personal library of great books. 

In addition to these books, students in all classes should be doing outside reading - 500 pages per quarter for students in 11 Honors and 12 AP, and 300 pages per quarter for students in 12 CP. Note: All Honors and AP students must choose books of "literary merit". For a comprehensive list of books that are counted as "literary merit", please see the AP book list in the "forms and docs" section of this website.
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English 12 CP, English 12 AP Mary Shelley Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus This Romantic-era novel tells the story of a scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful. 
English 12 AP William Shakespeare Hamlet This tragedy is set in Denmark, and recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, taken the throne, and married Hamlet's mother.  
English 11 Honors F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby First published on April 10, 1925, the novel is set on Long Island's North Shore and in New York City during the summer of 1922 and is often interpreted as a critique of the American Dream. 
English 11 Honors Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth after committing adultery and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.  
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