BHS Core Texts List

NB: The AP courses in grades 11 and 12 follow a different curriculum, created by the teacher and accepted by the AP Board

Core Texts – BHS English Department – as of 2015-16

FRESHMEN YEAR Summer Reading – All Levels: CLICK HERE
 
FRESHMEN YEAR – Requirements – All Levels
House on Mango Street
Romeo & Juliet
Lord of the Flies
Mythology Unit (at least: The Titans, 12 Major Olympians & one hero story)
Short Story Unit, including a One-Act Play

FRESHMEN YEAR – Honors & CP Requirements
To Kill A Mockingbird*
 
FRESHMEN YEAR – CP II Requirements
Animal Farm

OPTIONAL TEXTS
The Odyssey
Julius Caesar (Honors & CP)
Divergent
Night
Great Expectations (Honors & CP)
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

SOPHOMORE YEAR Summer Reading – All Levels: CLICK HERE

SOPHOMORE YEAR – All Levels
Catcher in the Rye
Interpreter of Maladies (4+ stories)
Persepolis OR American-Born Chinese
Death of a Salesman OR Fences
Poetry Unit
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR – Honors & CP Requirements
Oedipus Rex OR Antigone
Life of Pi OR The Kite Runner *

SOPHOMORE YEAR – CPII Requirements
The Hunger Games (CP II only)

OPTIONAL TEXTS
The Things They Carried
Metamorphosis
Tale of Two Cities (Honors – unabridged, CP – abridged)
Of Mice and Men
Ethan Frome
The Old Man and the Sea
Slaughterhouse Five (Honors & CP)
Things Fall Apart
Othello (Honors & CP)

JUNIOR YEAR Summer Reading – All Levels: CLICK HERE
 
JUNIOR YEAR – All Levels
The Crucible
The Great Gatsby
 
JUNIOR YEAR – Honors & CP Requirements
Nathaniel Hawthorne (Scarlet Letter for Honors, Stories for CP)
Their Eyes Were Watching God *
Transcendentalists *

JUNIOR YEAR – CP II Requirements
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (CP II only)
The Color of Water OR Raisin in the Sun

OPTIONAL TEXTS
In Cold Blood (Honors)
Travels With Charley (Honors & CP)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Honors & CP)

SENIOR YEAR Summer Reading – All levels: CLICK HERE

SENIOR YEAR – All Levels
Macbeth
The College Essay
Poetry Unit, including sonnets

SENIOR YEAR – Honors & CP Requirements
Beowulf *
1984 *
Frankenstein
A Modest Proposal *

SENIOR YEAR – CP II Requirements
TBD

SENIOR YEAR – OPTIONS
Remains of the Day
Canterbury Tales

* = Book is also an option for the CP II level courses

Unless otherwise noted, optional texts are eligible for any level

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