Summer Reading for Teachers, Grades 11 – College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness Text Exemplars: Summer Reading for Teachers

StoriesDramaPoetryInformational Texts: English Language ArtsInformational Texts: History/Social Studies


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Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales

de Cervantes, Miguel. Don Quixote

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice

Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Cask of Amontillado”

Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter

Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment

Chekhov, Anton.  “Home

Jewett, Sarah Orne. “A White Heron”

Melville, Herman. Billy Budd, Sailor

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God


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Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Hamlet

Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest

Wilder, Thornton. Our Town: a Play in Three Acts

Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman

Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun


Donne, John. “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning.”

Wheatley, Phyllis. “On Being Brought From Africa to America”

Keats, John “Ode to a Grecian Urn”

Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself”

Dickinson, Emily. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”

Eliot, T.S. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

Frost, Robert. “Mending Wall”

Neruda, Pablo. “Ode to My Suit”


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Informational Texts: English Language Arts

Paine, Thomas. Common Sense

Jefferson, Thomas. The Declaration of Independence

United States. The Bill of Rights (Amendments One through Ten of the United States Constitution.)

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Society and Solitude”

Wright, Richard. Black Boy

Orwell, George “Politics and the English Language”

Informational Texts: History/Social Studies

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America

Declaration of Sentiments by the Seneca Falls Conference

Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? an Address Delivered in Rochester, New York, on 5 July 1852.”

Amar, Akhil Reed. America’s Constitution: A Biography

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