• Novels:
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    Montana, 1948 by Larry Watson
    Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    Roots by Alex Haley 
    Short Stories:
    "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving
    "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe
    "The Oval Portrait" by Edgar Allan Poe
    Excerpt from "Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
    "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne 
    Speech in the Virginia Convention by Patrick Henry
    1895 Atlanta Compromise by Booker T. Washington
    Seneca Falls Address by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Various poems
    Written Work:
    Students will focus on the expository writing that is required for the NYS Common Core regents test.  This form of writing is explaining how an author uses literary devices to develop the passage(s).  This is graded on a 0-4 scaled rubric from NYS.
    Students will also focus on the argumentative essay which is required for the NYS Common Core regents test.  This form of writing requires students to use three pieces of writing to form an argument.  This essay requires a strong thesis statement that has a counterclaim embedded within it as well as supporting details from the texts while making insightful connections that support the claim.  This is based on a 0-6 scaled rubric from NYS. 
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