What We’re Reading


9th Grade – English 1

Unit 1: The Story of Myself (Memoirs)

  • Performance Task: Narrative Essay
  • Text: Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

Unit 2: A Story’s Worth

  • Performance Task: Literary Analysis Essay
  • Texts: Native American Folklore, short stories, and other tales

Unit 3: Evaluating Independence

  • Performance Task: Argumentative Essay
  • Texts: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon; Fences by August Wilson

Unit 4: The Past Is Always Present 

  • Performance Task: Rhetorical Analysis
  • Texts: Speeches, non-fiction, TED Talks

10th Grade – English 2

Unit 1: Social Injustice

  • Performance Task: Literary Analysis Essay
  • Text: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Unit 2: The Individual in Society

  • Performance Task: Argumentative Essay
  • Text: A Raisin In the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • Text: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Unit 3: The Self and Nature

  • Performance Task: Digital Argument (PSA) or Narrative Journal
  • Texts: The Lorax, The Giving Tree, and other short stories and poetry

Unit 4: Technology and Society

  • Performance Task: Comparative Rhetorical Analysis
  • Texts: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut; “Wall-E”