Secondary Language Arts: Literature Appreciation

Lit App 1: Read 10 books of your choice, analyze and respond to each, complete a project comparing and contrasting the stories in detail. Use visuals, excerpts, and reviews.

Lit App 2: Read 20 books of your choice, analyze and respond to each, categorize the stories in a manner of your own design, explain the system, then complete a comparison/contrasting project about the stories. Use visuals, excerpts, and reviews.

Lit App 3: Read 30 books [20 Fiction, 10 Non-Fiction Biographical] of your choice. Explain how and why you selected each of the books you did. Create visual timelines of each story, showing the character arches, and story points. Compare the visual timelines, and explain similarities and differences between stories.

Lit App 4: Read 40 works [10 Fiction, 10 Biographical, 20 pieces of theater] of your choice. Explain how and why you selected each work. Analyze and respond to each; Find an interesting way to organize and “present” your analyses.. Create a timeline of when the works were created, explain how circumstances in the era affected the author and the story’s content. Consider common influencing factors and compare how the authors responded to those influences in their works. Create a story in a form of your own choosing having characters from multiple different works interacting in a setting of your choosing.

Recommended Works from Various Genres and Sources [Updated often. Make a recommendation to headmasters@campoakhallows.com ]

Books & Novels

  • Candide (1795)
  • Frankenstein (1823)
  • Jane Eyre (1847)
  • Wuthering Heights (1847)
  • Moby Dick or The Whale (1851)
  • Great Expectations (1861)
  • Les Miserables (1862)
  • Crime and Punishment (1866)
  • Little Women (1868)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
  • Heart of Darkness (1899)
  • The Oz books (1900-1920)
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)
  • The Great Gatsby (1925)
  • The Sun Also Rises (1926)
  • The Sound and the Fury (1929)
  • As I Lay Dying (1930)
  • Brave New World (1932)
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
  • Animal Farm (1945)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956)
  • The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
  • Invisible Man (1952)
  • Catch-22 (1961)
  • Watership Down (1972)
  • Ceremony (1977)
  • The Color Purple (1982)
  • Beloved (1987)
  • Harry Potter series (1997-2007)
  • The works of John Green (2005-current)
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society (2007)

Theater & Screenplay

  • The works of Shakespeare
  • Les Miserables
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Annie
  • A Bronx Tale
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • In the Heights
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • Antigone

Biographical works

  • A Life of Charlotte Bronte (1857)
  • The Life of Charles Dickens (1872)
  • The Autobiography of Mark Twain (1906)
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)
  • A Life of Emily Bronte (1987)
  • A Chainless Soul: A Life of Emily Bronte (1990)
  • Joseph Conrad: A Biography (1991)
  • James Joyce (1999)
  • Herman Melville (2000)
  • Herman Melville: A Biography (2004)
  • Grant and Twain: The Story of a Friendship That Changed America (2004)
  • Mark Twain (2005)
  • Melville: His World and Work (2005)
  • Ralph Ellison: A Biography (2007)
  • Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time (2009)
  • Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare (2009)
  • Charles Dickens: A Life (2011)
  • The Life of William Shakespeare: A Critical Biography (2012)
  • I am Malala (2013)
  • An Autobiography of Joseph Conrad (2014)
  • Becoming (2018)

Classics & Historic Writings

  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Beowulf
  • Iliad, The Odyssey
  • Oedipus Rex
  • Medeia or Madea

See also: English IV for STEM Pathers