Chronological reading list for high school

 

5b8bb4269824c7dc6fb4bb33ae20c731One of the great joys of teaching high school students is the wonderful literature you get to share with them. Teaching the lessons of books like BeowulfUp From Slavery, and To Kill a Mockingbird is such a thrill. Meshing the literature and history together makes it an even richer experience. It is so much fun to see kids who thought To Kill a Mockingbird would be soooo boring, end up truly enjoying it. Here is a list of some of the favorites of my students. Enjoy!

  • Gilgamesh 2500 BC
  • The Iliad and The Odyssey ~ Homer 850 BC
  • Republic ~ Plato 387 BC
  • The Bible
  • Confessions ~ Augustine 411
  • Beowulf: A New Verse Translation ~ Heaney 1000
  • The Magna Charta ~ Daugherty 1215
  • The Inferno ~ Dante 1320
  • The Canterbury Tales ~ Chaucer (selections) 1400
  • Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth ~ Shakespeare
  • The Scarlet Letter ~ Hawthorne 1650
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress in Modern English ~ Bunyan and Hazelbaker 1678
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin 1771
  • A Tale of Two Cities ~ Dickens 1775
  • Pride and Prejudice ~ Austen 1813
  • Jane Eyre ~ Bronte 1847
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin ~ Stowe 1852
  • Up From Slavery: Autobiography of Booker T. Washington 1881
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ~ Twain 1884
  • The Great Gatsby ~ Fitzgerald 1922
  • To Kill a Mockingbird ~ Lee 1933
  • Animal Farm ~ Orwell 1940
  • The Chosen ~ Potok 1944
  • Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl 6.5 ~ Frank 1945
  • The Hiding Place 6.4 ~ Ten Boom 1945
  • Old Man and the Sea 5.1 ~ Hemingway 1948
  • Night ~Wiesel 1982
  • 1984 ~ Orwell
  • Same Kind of Different as Me ~ Hall and Moore 2000
  • Fahrenheit 451 ~ Bradbury
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