Honors Sophomore English Books & Films
Updated September 12, 2017

Books read during the year as part of the Honors English curriculum:

This is a list of books and plays read in this class. I may change it slightly so you will need to stay tuned. There is no advantage in buying all of these at the beginning of the year. Wait and see what happens and how you do. I will give you a schedule of first quarter's reading on the first day of class and then you'll have more accurate information. In addition, you will probably want to read one book per quarter from a list of approved books. It's a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun!

In some cases, especially where a translator is involved, there may be more than one version available.  The versions listed first or at the top of the list are those that the school purchases.  In most cases, differences are slight and I have enough copies on hand for students who purchased different versions to use the school copies when we are reading in class.

Students purchasing e-texts for Kindles, Nooks, or other electronic readers should be very careful to purchase versions that are "complete and unabridged."

The Common Core requires that literature be paired with knowledge of the styles and conventions of non-fiction or informational texts, many of them with a strong historical basis. Some those that may be used in this course are the following:

Note to students who did not take Honors English 10: If you are going into Honors English 11 and did not take Honors English 10 (you moved into the district during 10th grade year, for instance) You need to read the following titles A Tale of Two Cities, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Lord of the Flies, Siddhartha, and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

[If you are interested in the approved list of enhancement books, all of which will help you prepare for honors and AP success, click on the link or go to http://schools.murrayschools.org/schools2/mhs/english10h/handouts/enhancementbooks.htm]

Title Author Translator
(where necessary)

The Lord of the Flies William Golding  

"Cyrano de Bergerac" Edmond Rostand Brian Hooker
Lowell Bair
Anthony Burgess
Applause Books

The Screwtape Letters C. S. Lewis  
Simon & Schuster

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou  

Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya  
Warner Books

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain  

A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens  

Death Comes For The Archbishop Willa Cather  

The Chosen Chaim Potok  
Fawcett Fiction

Siddhartha Hermann Hesse Hilda Rosner

A Separate Peace John Knowles   Scribner 0-7432-5597-5
The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan   Penguin Books 0-1430-3809-5

"Macbeth," "Merchant of Venice," "Taming of the Shrew," "Twelfth Night," and/or "The Tempest" William Shakespeare   Dover Thrift Publications 0-4862-78026

In addition to "Macbeth," we usually read three of Shakespeare's comedies. While any complete version of the plays will do and all of them can be purchased separately and very reasonably in the Dover Thrift editions (www.doverpublications.com), the following two collections, each of four comedies may be a better buy.  Notice that they differ in one play.  I will let you know in advance of doing the first play, which of the following collections will cover the three plays we will study during the year.

Four Comedies:
"The Taming of the Shrew,""A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Merchant of Venice," and "Twelfth Night"
William Shakespeare  

Four Great Comedies: 
"The Taming of the Shrew," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Twelfth Night," and "The Tempest"
William Shakespeare  
Signet Classics

Films shown in class as part of regular instruction:

I don't believe in "video baby-sitting."  All films shown in this class will be for review, as in the case of a play where the students have read the play before watching the film, or as part of the regular curriculum where the students will be accountable (quizzed or tested) for the content of the film.  The quarterly syllabus will indicate the days on which films will be shown.