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Homer. The Odyssey. Translated by Robert Fagles. New York: Viking, 1996. (8th century BCE)


Ovid. Metamorphoses. Translated by A. S. Kline. Ann Arbor: Borders Classics, 2004 (AD 8).


Gogol, Nikolai. “The Nose.” Translated by Ronald Wilks. Diary of a Madman, and Other Stories. New York: Penguin, 1972. (1836)


De Voltaire, F. A. M. Candide, Or The Optimist. Translated by H. Morley. London: George Routledge and Sons, Ltd., 1888. (1759)


Turgenev, Ivan. Fathers and Sons. Translated by Constance Garnett. New York: Dover, 1998. (1862)


Henry, O. “The Gift of the Magi.” The Best Short Stories of O. Henry. New York: Modern Library, 1994. (1906)


Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis. Translated by Stanley Corngold. New York: Bantam, 1972. (1915)


Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Viking, 1967. (1939)


Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine, 1987. (1953)


Olsen, Tillie. “I Stand Here Ironing.” Tell Me a Riddle. New York: Dell, 1956. (1956)


Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. New York: Anchor, 1994. (1958)


Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006. (1960)


Shaara, Michael. The Killer Angels. New York: Ballantine, 1996. (1975)


Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. New York: Ballantine, 1989. (1989)


Álvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies. Chapel Hill: Algonquin, 1994.(1994)


Zusak, Marcus. The Book Thief. New York: Knopf, 2005. (2005)




Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. From The Theban Plays (also known as The Oedipus Trilogy). Translated by F. Storr. Dodo Press, 2009. (429 BC)


Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Macbeth. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1954. (c1611)


Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House. New York: Signet Classics, 2006. (1879)


Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie. New York: New Directions, 1966. (1944)


Ionesco, Eugene. “Rhinoceros.” Translated by Derek Prouse. Rhinoceros and Other Plays. New York: Grove Press, 1960. (1959)


Fugard, Athol. “Master Harold”…and the boys. New York: Penguin, 1982. (1982)





Shakespeare, William. “Sonnet 73.” Shakespeare: The Poems. Edited by David Bevington. New York: Bantam, 1988. (1609)


Donne, John. “Song.” The Complete Poetry of John Donne. Edited by John T. Shawcross. New York: Anchor Books, 1967. (1635)


Shelley, Percy Bysshe. “Ozymandias.” The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley. New York: Modern Library,1994. (1817)


Poe, Edgar Allen. “The Raven.” Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe. New York: Doubleday, 1984. (1845)


Dickinson, Emily. “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark.” The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Boston: Little, Brown, 1960. (1890)


Houseman, A. E. “Loveliest of Trees.” A Shropshire Lad. New York: Penguin, 1999. (1896)


Johnson, James Weldon. “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Lift Every Voice and Sing. New York: Penguin, 1993. (1900)


Cullen, Countee. “Yet Do I Marvel.” The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Nellie Y. McKay. New York: Norton, 1997. (1925)


Auden, Wystan Hugh. ”Musée des Beaux Arts.” The Collected Poetry of W. H. Auden. New York: Random House, 1945. (1938)


Walker, Alice. “Women.” Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1973. (1970)


Baca, Jimmy Santiago. “I Am Offering This Poem to You.” Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems. New York: New Directions, 1977. (1977)

Informational Texts: English and Language Arts


Henry, Patrick. “Speech to the Second Virginia Convention.” (1775)


Washington, George. “Farewell Address.” (1796)


Lincoln, Abraham. “Gettysburg Address.” (1863)


Lincoln, Abraham. “Second Inaugural Address.” (1865)


Roosevelt, Franklin Delano. “State of the Union Address.” (1941)


Hand, Learned. “I Am an American Day Address.” (1944)


Smith, Margaret Chase. “Remarks to the Senate in Support of a Declaration of Conscience.” (1950)


King, Jr., Martin Luther. “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Why We Can’t Wait. New York: Signet Classics, 2000. (1963)


King, Jr., Martin Luther. “I Have a Dream: Address Delivered at the March on Washington, D.C., for Civil Rights on August 28, 1963.” (1963)


Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York: Random House, 1970. (1969)


Wiesel, Elie. “Hope, Despair and Memory.” Nobel Lectures in Peace 1981–1990. Singapore: World Scientific, 1997. (1986)


Reagan, Ronald. “Address to Students at Moscow State University.” The American Reader: Words that Moved a Nation, 2nd Edition. Edited by Diane Ravitch. New York: HarperCollins, 2000. (1988)


Quindlen, Anna. “A Quilt of a Country.” Newsweek September 27, 2001. (2001)

Informational Texts: History and Social Studies


Brown, Dee. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West. New York: Holt Rinehart Winston, 1970. (1970)


Connell, Evan S. Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn. New York: Harper Perennial, 1985. (1984)


Gombrich, E. H. The Story of Art, 16th Edition. London: Phaidon, 1995. (1995)


Kurlansky, Mark. Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World. New York: Walker, 1997. (1997)


Haskins, Jim. Black, Blue and Gray: African Americans in the Civil War. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998. (1998)


Dash, Joan. The Longitude Prize. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. (2000)


Thompson, Wendy. The Illustrated Book of Great Composers. London: Anness, 2004. (2004)


Mann, Charles C. Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491. New York: Atheneum, 2009. (2009)


Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Subjects


Euclid. Elements. Translated by Richard Fitzpatrick. Austin: Richard Fitzpatrick, 2005. (300 BCE)


Cannon, Annie J. “Classifying the Stars.” The Universe of Stars. Edited by Harlow Shapeley and Cecilia H. Payne. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Observatory, 1926. (1926)


Bronowski, Jacob, and Millicent Selsam. Biography of an Atom. New York: Harper, 1965. (1965)


Walker, Jearl. “Amusement Park Physics.” Roundabout: Readings from the Amateur Scientist in Scientific American. New York: Scientific American, 1985. (1985)


Preston, Richard. The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story. New York: Anchor, 1995. (1995)


Devlin, Keith. Life by the Numbers. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1999. (1999)


Hoose, Phillip. The Race to Save Lord God Bird. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. (2004)


Hakim, Joy. The Story of Science: Newton at the Center. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books, 2005. (2005)


Nicastro, Nicholas. Circumference: Eratosthenes and the Ancient Quest to Measure the Globe. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2008. (2008)


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/U.S. Department of Energy. Recommended Levels of Insulation. http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_sealing.hm_improvement_insulation_table 2010. (2010)








Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. Translated into modern English by Neville Coghill. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1951. (Late 14th Century)


de Cervantes, Miguel. Don Quixote: The Ormsby Translation, Revised Backgrounds and Sources Criticism. New York: W. W. Norton, 1981. (1605)


Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. (1813)


Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Cask of Amontillado.” Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe. New York: Doubleday, 1984. (1846)


Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. (1848)


Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter: A Romance. New York: Penguin, 2003. (1850)


Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. Translated by Constance Black Garnett. New York: Dover, 2001. (1866)


Jewett, Sarah Orne. “A White Heron.” A White Heron and Other Stories. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1886. (1886)


Melville, Herman. Billy Budd, Sailor. New York: Penguin, 1986. (1886)


Chekhov, Anton. “Home.” Translated by Constance Garnett. Early Short Stories 1883–1888. New York: Modern Library, 1999. 352–361. (1887)


Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2000. (1925)


Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying. New York: Vintage, 1990. (1930)


Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms. New York: Scribner, 1995. (1929)


Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. New York: Harper Perennial, 1990. (1937)


Borges, Jorge Luis. “The Garden of Forking Paths.” From Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings. New York: New Directions, 1964. (1941)


Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March. New York: Viking, 1953. (1949)


Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. New York: Random House, 2007. 121–122. (1970)


Garcia, Cristina. Dreaming in Cuban. New York: Random House, 1993. (1992)


Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2004. (2003)




Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Hamlet. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003. (1599)


Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. Tartuffe. The Project Gutenberg eBook of Tartuffe. Translated by Jeffrey D. Hoeper. Release Date: April 3, 2009 [eBook #28488] (1664)


Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. (1895)


Wilder, Thornton. Our Town: A Play in Three Acts. New York: Perennial, 2003. (1938)


Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. New York: Viking, 1996. (1949)


Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. New York: Vintage, 1994. (1959)


Soyinka, Wole. Death and the King’s Horseman: A Play. New York: W. W. Norton, 2002. (1976)




Li Po. “A Poem of Changgan.” The Jade Mountain: A Chinese Anthology. Translated by Witter Bynner. New York: Knopf, 1929. (circa 700)


Donne, John. “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning.” The Complete Poetry of John Donne. Edited by John T. Shawcross. New York: Anchor Books, 1967. (1633)


Wheatley, Phyllis. “On Being Brought From Africa to America.” New Anthology of American Poetry: Traditions and Revolutions, Beginnings to 1900 (Vol 1). Edited by Steven Gould Axelrod, Camille Roman, and Thomas J. Travisano. Piscataway, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2003. (1773)


Keats, John. “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” The Complete Poems of John Keats. New York: Modern Library, 1994. (1820)


Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself.” Leaves of Grass. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. (c1860)


Dickinson, Emily. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death.” The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Boston: Little, Brown, 1960. (1890)


Tagore, Rabindranath. “Song VII.” The Complete Text of Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali: Text and Critical Evaluation by S. K. Paul. Translated by Rabindranath Tagore. New Dehli: Sarup and Sons, 2006. (1913)


Eliot, T. S. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” T. S. Eliot: The Complete Poems and Plays, 1909–1950. Orlando: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1952. (1917)


Pound, Ezra. “The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter.” Anthology of Modern American Poetry. Edited by Cary Nelson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. (1917)


Frost, Robert. “Mending Wall.” The Complete Poems of Robert Frost. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1949. (1914)


Neruda, Pablo. “Ode to My Suit.” Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden. Selected Odes of Pablo Neruda. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990. (1954)


Bishop, Elizabeth. “Sestina.” The Complete Poems of Elizabeth Bishop, 1927–1979. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983. (1965)


Ortiz Cofer, Judith. “The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica.” The Latin Deli: Telling the Lives of Barrio Women. New York: Norton, 1995. (1988)


Dove, Rita. “Demeter’s Prayer to Hades.” Mother Love: Poems. New York: Norton, 1996. (1995)


Collins, Billy. “Man Listening to Disc.” Sailing Alone Around the Room. New York: Random House, 2001. (2001)


Informational Texts: English and Language Arts


Paine, Thomas. Common Sense. New York: Penguin, 2005. (1776)


Jefferson, Thomas. The Declaration of Independence. (1776)


United States. The Bill of Rights (Amendments One through Ten of the United States Constitution). (1791)


Thoreau, Henry David. Walden; or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Houghton, 1893. (1854)


Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Society and Solitude.” Essays and Poems. New York: Library of America, 1996. (1857)


Porter, Horace. “Lee Surrenders to Grant, April 9th, 1865.” Eyewitness to America: 500 Years of American History in the Words of Those Who Saw It Happen. Edited by David Colbert. New York: Vintage, 1998. (1865)


Chesterton, G. K. “The Fallacy of Success.” Selected Essays. London: Methuen, 1949. (1909)


Mencken, H. L. The American Language, 4th Edition. New York: Knopf, 1938. (1938)


Wright, Richard. Black Boy. New York: Harper Perennial, 1998. (1945)


Orwell, George. “Politics and the English Language.” All Art Is Propaganda: Critical Essays. New York: Mariner, 2009. (1946)


Hofstadter, Richard. “Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth.” The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It. New York: Vintage, 1974. (1948)


Tan, Amy. “Mother Tongue.” The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2003. (1990)


Anaya, Rudolfo. “Take the Tortillas Out of Your Poetry.” The Anaya Reader. New York: Warner Books, 1995. (1995)


Informational Texts: History and Social Studies


Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America. Translated by Henry Reeve. (1835)


Declaration of Sentiments by the Seneca Falls Conference. An American Primer. Edited by Daniel J. Boorstin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1966. (1848)


Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?: An Address Delivered in Rochester, New York, on 5 July 1852.” The Oxford Frederick Douglass Reader. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996. (1852)


An American Primer. Edited by Daniel J. Boorstin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1966. (1966)


Lagemann, Ellen Condliffe. “Education.” The Reader’s Companion to American History. Edited by Eric Foner and

John A. Garraty. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1991. (1991)


McPherson, James M. What They Fought For 1861–1865. New York: Anchor, 1995. (1994)


The American Reader: Words that Moved a Nation, 2nd Edition. Edited by Diane Ravitch. New York: HarperCollins, 2000. (2000)


Amar, Akhil Reed. America’s Constitution: A Biography. New York: Random House, 2005. (2005)


McCullough, David. 1776. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005. (2005)


Bell, Julian. Mirror of the World: A New History of Art. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2007. (2007)


FedViews by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (2009)



Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Subjects


Paulos, John Allen. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences. New York: Vintage, 1988. (1988)


Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. New York: Back Bay Books, 2002. (2002)


Tyson, Neil deGrasse. “Gravity in Reverse: The Tale of Albert Einstein’s ‘Greatest Blunder.’” Natural History. 112.10 (Dec 2003). (2003)


Calishain, Tara, and Rael Dornfest. Google Hacks: Tips & Tools for Smarter Searching, 2nd Edition. Sebastopol, Calif.: O’Reilly Media, 2004. (2004)


Kane, Gordon. “The Mysteries of Mass.” Scientific American Special Edition December 2005. (2005)


Fischetti, Mark. “Working Knowledge: Electronic Stability Control.” Scientific American April 2007. (2007)


U.S. General Services Administration. Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.

http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?contentType=GSA_BASIC&contentId=22395 2010 (2007)


Kurzweil, Ray. “The Coming Merger of Mind and Machine.” Scientific American Special Edition January 2008. (2008)


Gibbs, W. Wayt. “Untangling the Roots of Cancer.” Scientific American Special Edition June 2008. (2008)


Gawande, Atul. “The Cost Conundrum: Health Care Costs in McAllen, Texas.” The New Yorker June 1, 2009. (2009)




David Harber,
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