ELA Department Recommended Reading Somerset Berkley

Required Texts by Grade
Students in each grade level read core texts during the school year.   In addition to the core texts, teachers will supplement core texts with other works.  By no means are you required to read core texts during the summer.  The titles are provided for informational purposes only.  You may want to preview the books.   You will enjoy reading these books more when you can discuss the books with your teacher and classmates. 

Grade 9: Required Texts

Novel:          To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
                 Lord of the Flies by William Golding OR
                 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Drama:        Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Epic Poetry:   The Odyssey by Homer
Short Stories:   Representative authors include Edgar Allan                       Poe, Truman Capote, Alice Walker, Amy                       Tan, Tim O'Brien, Shirley Jackson
Poetry:          Edgar Allan Poe, Maya Angelou, Emily                       Dickinson
Memoir:         Night by Elie Wiesel
Non-fiction:      Informational texts to support the study of the


Grade 10: Required Texts

Novel:            Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
                   The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest                            Hemingway
Drama:           The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Poetry:            Robert Frost
                    Emily Dickinson
                    Langston Hughes
                    Various American Poets
Non-Fiction:        Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Various short stories, poetry, essays, from American Literature