Required Reading in High School
A list of books that you were required to read in high school.
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424 books · 584 voters · list created July 30th, 2008 by Jade (votes) .
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message 1: by Redpoint (new)

Redpoint Are we voting on what we had to read, or what we liked out of what we had to read?


message 2: by Joann (new)

Joann The Promise by Chaim Potok


message 3: by Bonita (new)

Bonita I just skimmed through and all I saw were classics...... you must go to some crappy high school... whoever you are...


message 4: by Audrey (new)

Audrey Knox wait, if not classics, Bonita, what did you read in High School?


message 5: by Tory (new)

Tory I'm only in grade ten, but so far I've had to read

Shattered by Eric Walters
Zack by William Bell
and we just finished reading Romeo and Juliet (just started watching the movie today)


message 6: by Megan (new)

Megan Costello Bonita wrote: "I just skimmed through and all I saw were classics...... you must go to some crappy high school... whoever you are..."

Yeah, the list is "Required High School reading" although, I agree with you. This is probably why most kids hate to read. lol


message 7: by Gabrielle (new)

Gabrielle I'm a Junior and so far throughout high school, I've read .. parts of The Odyssey, To Kill a Mockingbird, Brave New World, 1984, Night, All Quiet on the Western Front, Lord of the Flies and The Crucible. Not all of the classic books are bad. They are classics for a reason .. Some might be a little slow & boring, but a lot have a good message. I just hate being forced to read at a certain pace.


message 8: by Laura (new)

Laura I'm home-schooled and I've only had to read a few books, so I like this list. :)


message 9: by Manca (new)

Manca You have to read all these books in high school or do teachers choose some of them? It seems quite a lot.
I'm from Slovenia and I want to study drama at a university in London so I think it’s important for me to know a lot of English literature. I would appreciate it if someone answered me if I have to read them all and if not, which are the most important.


message 10: by Emily (new)

Emily Well I'm rather startled to find that I've only read one of the books on this list (I'm in the process of reading another and a good portion of them are on my to read list). I must be more behind on a "good education" than I thought.
Then again, there are a few on this list I've never heard of and a number that my brother had to read for high school that are simply not listed here.


message 11: by Jmarie (new)

Jmarie Dear Manca and all,
This is really some comprehensive list! I think the title is fair, though one detail might help: "A List of Books that many American High Schools require - what did you read?"

Considering that there are only 9 months in a school year, and one title might take a month ... you get the idea. In my high school we did read Julius Ceasar, Romeo and Juliet, Inherit the Wind (GREAT book!), Johnny Tremain (I didn't get it), and parts of Walden. We didn't read Our Town but I did, and saw at least three performances of it (great writer! Good play!) In College we read Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist, the Metamorphosis, and others ... I think many, many of the books that High Schools present can't be comprehended by High School youth. Walden should wait until they are out on their own!!!
During High School, some books I read on my own,and recommend: the wonderful All Quiet On the Western Front, Grapes of Wrath and the Pearl by Steinbeck, and all of Mark Twain.
Cheers!


message 12: by Tommy (new)

Tommy Excellent list! Many (around 80 I think) of these books are available under one collection for Win 8...

http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-...


message 13: by Helena (new)

Helena Palma Very proud of myself. I'm a fifteen years old Portuguese student and so far I've read twelve of the books. Our literature program does not mention any of those books and I find that sad. Amazing books and writers. Looking forward to read the others on the list. Please forgive me for my spelling and grammar mistakes, English is not my first language.


message 14: by Hermione (last edited Mar 27, 2013 10:41PM) (new)

Hermione Groves I'm in grade six. I have read a few of these like The Princess Bride and The Giver. My Language Arts teacher is going to read The Outsiders to us at the end of the year. I want to read the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, 1985 and Brave New World and I'm in the middle of reading To Kill a Mockingbird. A lot of these titles look really good including the Shakespeare titles. I'll probably end up reading most of themwhether my teacher makes me or not.
Oh, and in reply to Megan: Not all kids don't like reading. I personally LOVE reading, just saying.


message 15: by Victoria (new)

Victoria where is 90th?:c


message 16: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Bryan I've read 31 of these books that I can remember. Some look familiar but I'm not sure if I was given the option to read them and didn't, or just blocked it out because I hated the book. Either way I know there were a ton more we read but I don't see them on this list or remember them off hand (I graduated in 2006). Then again I was in AP classes so I know we did a lot more reading than most others did in my school


message 17: by Berit (new)

Berit Hogan Bonita wrote: "I just skimmed through and all I saw were classics...... you must go to some crappy high school... whoever you are..."

Same hahaha xD


message 18: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Jmarie wrote: "Dear Manca and all,
This is really some comprehensive list! I think the title is fair, though one detail might help: "A List of Books that many American High Schools require - what did you read..."


Actually, back in the dark ages when I was in 6th grade, we were given a reading list by our AP English teacher that had over 800 titles on it arranged into American, British and World literature categories. We were to choose 9 books from the list and read one book a week. I would love to have that list today - I'd love to try to plow my way through it as sort of a "bucket reading list," if you will.


message 19: by Gina (new)

Gina W This list covers most high school reading lists. However, to respond to the earlier posts, most students are introduced and assigned this literature in middle school. The Pearl, Romeo and Juliet, The Outsiders, The Great Gatsby, Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, Night, The Odyssey, The Diary of Anne Frank, Of Mice and Men, The Glass Menagerie were all covered in my junior high reading curriculum.


message 20: by Alyssa Long (new)

Alyssa Long I agree that most of these are classics (which matches the title of the list), but I'm a teacher interested in knowing some contemporary or more cutting-edge titles that might be recommended to teach in a high school Lit class. Does anyone know of another list that has books that teachers are teaching that are new? Or, does anyone just know some? I'd love as many ideas as possible. And, any that are good AND common core recommended would be cool too (not necessarily better, but good to know in case I need to justify them to the higher powers). Thanks!


message 21: by Elyce (new)

Elyce Gobat I was assigned a fair few of these in high school and read a lot of the others on my own since. In AP English, we also had a list of books to read, one a month, but I no longer have it. Wish I'd kept it.


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