What We’re Reading


9th Grade – English 1

Unit 1: The Story of Myself (Memoirs)

  • Performance Task: Narrative Essay
  • Text: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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

AP Language and Composition

Unit 1: Arguments and Rhetoric

  • Performance Task: Speech Analysis
  • Texts: Speeches and TED Talks

Unit 2: American Voices on the American Dream

  • Performance Task:
  • Texts: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller; essays and non-fiction

Unit 3: Community and Tribalism

  • Performance Task:
  • Texts: The Catcher in the Rye; essays and non-fiction

Unit 4: Humans and Science

  • Performance Task:
  • Texts: Stiff by Mary Roach; essays and non-fiction