100 Books Worth Reading

If you’re looking for a book to challenge yourself with this summer (on top of summer reading), peruse this list.  Each of these works is very meaty, deep in meaning, ambiguous enough for interpretation, yet forceful enough to have had a lasting impression on Western culture.  Some are old; some are new.  There are writers of all nationalities included here, and the books’ years of publication range from the 16th century to today.  They have nothing in common other than the fact that they’re all legit literature.  Look a few up on Wikipedia; read the first chapter/scene: get a feel for the work.  If you find one that grabs you, read it in a scholarly way.  You’ll enjoy it more anyway if you grab onto some big theme early on.  Plus, you’ll remember it all the better.  I’ve intentionally avoided listing books that are already a part of SPHS’s assigned reading, so this is a deeper cut of works.  (A note of caution to sensitive minds: Some of these stories do include some sketchy content, so read at your own peril.)

  1. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (not the sci-fi story by H. G. Wells)
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  3. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevski
  4. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. King Lear by William Shakespeare
  7. Billy Budd by Herman Melville
  8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  9. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  10. The Awakening by Kate Chopin Continue reading

Week 4:8 (May 24–28)

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Pre-IB English 2: Exam Session Sign-up, Claim Proposal Pit, Quotation Weaving & Citation GuideTransitions ToolboxTone PacketLit TermsProofreading ExpectationsPower Words for Literary Analysis, MLA Template, Macbeth E-textMacbeth AudioplayOne-Page Outline, Theme Reflection TaskFolger & Two River Production; Performance Jobs: A1–2, B1–2, C1–2

AP Literature: Hamlet Film Adaptation

AP Research: Student/Teacher ConferencesPurdue OWLPOD Rubric, APA Template, Digital Portfolio

 

Week 4:7 (May 17–21)

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Pre-IB English 2: Claim Proposal PitProofreading ExpectationsPower Words for Literary Analysis, MLA Template, Macbeth E-textMacbeth AudioplayOne-Page OutlineParaphrasing TaskTheme Reflection TaskFolger & Two River Production; Performance Jobs: A1–2, B1–2, C1–2

AP Literature: Hamlet Film Adaptation

AP Research: Student/Teacher ConferencesOral Defense QuestionsPurdue OWLPOD Rubric, High-scoring Example APsAPA TemplateAPA Sample Paper, Academic Paper RubricEBSCO HostGale Databases, AP Self-Assessment Checklist, Digital Portfolio

Week 4:6 (May 10–14)

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Pre-IB English 2: Claim Proposal PitProofreading ExpectationsPower Words for Literary Analysis, MLA Template, Macbeth E-textMacbeth AudioplayOne-Page OutlineParaphrasing TaskTheme Reflection TaskFolger & Two River Production; Performance Jobs: A1–2, B1–2, C1–2

AP Literature: Poetry Packet, Hamlet Film Adaptation

AP Research: Student/Teacher ConferencesOral Defense QuestionsPurdue OWLPOD Rubric, High-scoring Example APsAPA TemplateAPA Sample Paper, Academic Paper RubricEBSCO HostGale Databases, AP Self-Assessment Checklist, Digital Portfolio

Week 4:5 (May 3–7)

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Pre-IB English 2: Claim Proposal PitProofreading ExpectationsPower Words for Literary Analysis, How to Cite MacbethMLA Template, Macbeth E-textMacbethAudioplay, “Reading Shakespeare”, Act II Annotation/Study Guide, One-Page OutlineParaphrasing TaskTheme ReflectionFolger & Two River Production; Performance Jobs: A1–2, B1–2, C1–2

AP Literature: Reading Schedule, Poetry Packet, MWDS Template, Textbook, Power Words for Literary AnalysisOpen Essay RubricPast Open PromptsSample AP Lit Exam and its Key, The Stranger E-text

AP Research: Student/Teacher ConferencesSyllabus, PREPs #19–30 (Oral Defense Questions)Purdue OWLPOD Rubric, High-scoring Example APsAPA TemplateAPA Sample Paper, Academic Paper RubricEBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar, AP Self-Assessment Checklist

Week 4:4 (Apr. 26–30)

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Pre-IB English 2: Claim Proposal PitProofreading ExpectationsPower Words for Literary Analysis, How to Cite MacbethMLA Template, Macbeth E-textMacbeth Audioplay, “Reading Shakespeare”, Act II Annotation/Study Guide, One-Page OutlineParaphrasing TaskTheme Reflection, Benton’s Scribbled-on Macbeth; Performance Jobs: A1–2, B1–2, C1–2

AP Literature: Reading Schedule, Poetry Packet, MWDS Template, Textbook, Power Words for Literary AnalysisOpen Essay RubricPast Open PromptsSample AP Lit Exam and its Key, “The Myth of Sisyphus”, The Stranger E-text; Fairy Tale Lit Crit: Assignment Directions, Literary Theory and Schools of CriticismFairyTales!, MLA Template

AP Research: Student/Teacher ConferencesSyllabus, PREPs #19–30 (Oral Defense Questions)Purdue OWLPOD Rubric, High-scoring Example APsAPA TemplateAPA Sample Paper, Academic Paper RubricEBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

Week 4:3 (Apr. 19–23)

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Pre-IB English 2: Proofreading Expectations, GW Journal (directions & rubric), Power Words for Literary Analysis, How to Cite MacbethMLA Template, Macbeth E-textMacbeth AudioplayLecture Notes, “Reading Shakespeare”, Checking Vocab.com Mastery, Act II Study GuideTheme Reflection #1 (directions & rubric), Benton’s Scribbled-on Macbeth; Performance Jobs: A1–2, B1–2, C1–2

AP Literature: Friday Naviance Teams Link for myPCS Juniors, Reading Schedule, Poetry Packet, MWDS Template, Textbook, FlipgridLink, Power Words for Literary AnalysisOpen Essay RubricPast Open PromptsSample AP Lit Exam and its Key, “The Myth of Sisyphus”, Waiting for Godot PromptsWaiting for Godot E-text, The Stranger E-text; Fairy Tale Lit Crit: Assignment Directions, Literary Theory and Schools of CriticismFairy Tales!, MLA Template

AP Research: Student/Teacher ConferencesSyllabus, PREPs #19–30 (Oral Defense Questions)Purdue OWLPOD Rubric, High-scoring Example APsAPA TemplateAPA Sample Paper, Academic Paper RubricEBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle ScholarElevator Pitch Verification

Week 4:2 (Apr. 12–16)

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Pre-IB English 2: Transitions Toolbox & Elaboration/Analysis Starters, GW E-textProofreading Expectations, Power Words for Literary Analysis, GW Journal Revisit[ation] DirectionsMLA TemplateMacbeth: Picking a Copy, Audioplay (scene-by-scene), Interactive E-text, Another Audioplay (act-by-act), Plain E-text, Lecture Notes, “Reading Shakespeare”

AP Literature: Reading Schedule, Poetry Packet, MWDS Template, Textbook, Flipgrid LinkOpen Essay RubricPast Open Prompts, Lit Notes Outline, 7 Types of Plots, Sample AP Lit Exam and its KeyNotes on Existentialism & AbsurdismThe Sandbox E-text, “The Myth of Sisyphus”, Waiting for Godot PromptsWaiting for Godot E-text; Fairy Tale Lit Crit: Assignment Directions, Literary Theory and Schools of CriticismFairy Tales!, MLA Template

AP Research: Student/Teacher ConferencesSyllabus, PREPs #19–30 (Oral Defense Questions)Purdue OWLPOD Rubric, High-scoring Example APsAPA TemplateAPA Sample Paper, Academic Paper RubricEBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle ScholarElevator Pitch Verification