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RubyRain
04-05-2014, 05:38 PM
Anyone have links to a "standard" high school reading list by grade or at least a list that should be read by the end of high school?

We are a reading family but tend to be all over the place regarding genre or type of books.
I would like a basic list of "classics" that should be read in high school just to be sure they are covered before comm college.

Thanks

farrarwilliams
04-05-2014, 09:58 PM
You can find the exemplars list for Common Core here:
http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf (the high school exemplars start on page 9, it includes informational text exemplars, poetry and other things as well)

Regardless of what one thinks of CC, the books are all great literature, represent a variety of perspectives and time periods, and are what kids coming out of public high schools are more likely to have been exposed to (the books are not a definitive list - they're just the examples of the level of reading students "should" be doing).

If you google around, you can find various lists, like this one (http://als.lib.wi.us/Collegebound.html) or this one (http://blog.hpb.com/hpb-blog/2012/1/20/40-classic-books-you-should-have-read-in-school.html).

There is not definitive list out there of what kids "should" have read in high school. I would argue that it should depend on the kid and the educational goals. There are lists much, much more rigorous and filled with older, classic texts than any I've linked here (very little from the Greeks and the middle ages on any of these lists...) and if your goal is a "great books" education, then you should look at some of those. But you can also do a much more contemporary literature education than any of these lists if your goal is simply appreciation of literature and exposure.

Credence
04-06-2014, 10:55 AM
Following this thread--I have a 9th grader who really hates reading. Here is the list that I found and used to find 2 summer books: http://www.donohoschool.com/uploadedFiles/documents/summerreading/2010/9thGradeReadingList2010-2011Revised.pdf. I liked the wide range of books listed there--some pretty easy, others more challenging.

dbmamaz
04-06-2014, 01:04 PM
and as a bravewriter fan, you could also look to see what books she's chosen for her Boomerangs and Slingshots (esp previously published, as those would have been her first choices)

Overhere
04-06-2014, 01:51 PM
Anyone have links to a "standard" high school reading list by grade or at least a list that should be read by the end of high school?

We are a reading family but tend to be all over the place regarding genre or type of books.
I would like a basic list of "classics" that should be read in high school just to be sure they are covered before comm college.

Thanks

Here's the AP English literature reading list (http://www.gcisd-k12.org/cms/lib/TX01000829/Centricity/Domain/61/AP%20suggested%20reading.pdf), which is obviously very comprehensive - kids in AP classes do not read all of this. (Note that "English" =/= "From England" here!)

farrarwilliams
04-06-2014, 02:34 PM
Here's the AP English literature reading list (http://www.gcisd-k12.org/cms/lib/TX01000829/Centricity/Domain/61/AP%20suggested%20reading.pdf), which is obviously very comprehensive - kids in AP classes do not read all of this. (Note that "English" =/= "From England" here!)

Yeah, it definitely means "in the English language" in this context. ;). When I got to college and realized it meant lit from England I felt my head turn around a bit...

ETA: I just looked at that list - it's not a comprehensive one. It's one from a school district for their own AP classes, I think.

farrarwilliams
04-06-2014, 09:26 PM
and as a bravewriter fan, you could also look to see what books she's chosen for her Boomerangs and Slingshots (esp previously published, as those would have been her first choices)

You know... when I looked the other day at the Boomerang lists, I was surprised to find a whopping six books that I've already read with my fourth graders. They were, admittedly, mostly books that were to push them a little, that I read aloud, but in some cases, they were things I read myself in elementary school. I came away unsure about those lists as high school material by any stretch. Not that there's anything wrong with a 9th grader reading The Lightning Thief if that's where that 9th grader is, just that I wouldn't use them in this way really. Maybe the Slingshot... but there's fewer issues of it.