Mrs. HASH                        AVID*American Literature*English Language Arts  















 During the current quarter, the syllabus for Honors American Literature 2007-2008 will be under the syllabus link to the left.

Major Homework assignments for this class will be housed under the Homework link to the left. Remember, this site will not house ALL homework assignments, only major assignments.

Here is a list of recommended reading in our American Literature Classes

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American Literature Recommended Reading


Agee, James

A Death in the Family

Story of loss and heartbreak felt when a young father dies.


Baldwin, James

Go Tell It On the Mountain

Semi-autobiographical novel about a 14-year-old black youth's religious conversion.


Bellamy, Edward

Looking Backward: 2000-1887

Written in 1887 about a young man who travels in time to a utopian year 2000, where economic security and a healthy moral environment have reduced crime.


Bellow, Saul

Seize the Day

A son grapples with his love and hate for an unworthy father.


Bradbury, Ray

Fahrenheit 451

Reading is a crime and firemen burn books in this futuristic society.


Cather, Willa

My Antonia

Immigrant pioneers strive to adapt to the Nebraska prairies.


Chopin, Kate

The Awakening

The story of a New Orleans woman who abandons her husband and children to search for love and self-understanding.


Clark, Walter Van Tilburg

The Ox-Bow Incident

When a group of citizens discovers one of their members has been murdered by cattle rustlers, they form an illegal posse, pursue the murderers, and lynch them.


Cormier, Robert

The Chocolate War

Jerry Renault challenges the power structure of his school when he refuses to sell chocolates for the annual fundraiser.


Crane, Stephen

The Red Badge of Courage

During the Civil War, Henry Fleming joins the army full of romantic visions of battle which are shattered by combat.

Dorris, Michael

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Three generations of Native American women recount their searches for identity and love.


Ellison, Ralph

Invisible Man

A black man's search for himself as an individual and as a member of his race and his society.


Faulkner, William

As I Lay Dying

The Bundren family takes the ripening corpse of Addie, wife and mother, on a gruesomely comic journey.


Fitzgerald, F. Scott

The Great Gatsby

A young man corrupts himself and the American Dream to regain a lost love.


Gaines, Ernest

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

In her 100 years, Miss Jane Pittman experiences it all, from slavery to the civil rights movement.


Hawthorne, Nathaniel

The Scarlet Letter

An adulterous Puritan woman keeps secret the identity of the father of her illegitimate child.


Heller, Joseph


A broad comedy about a WWII bombardier based in Italy and his efforts to avoid bombing missions.


Hemingway, Ernest

A Farewell to Arms

During World War I, an American lieutenant runs away with the woman who nurses him back to health.


Hurston, Zora Neale

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Janie repudiates many roles in her quest for self-fulfillment.


Kesey, Ken

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

A novel about a power struggle between the head nurse and one of the male patients in a mental institution.


Lee, Harper

To Kill a Mockingbird

At great peril to himself and his children, lawyer Atticus Finch defends an African-American man accused of raping a white woman in a small Alabama town.


Lewis, Sinclair

Main Street

A young doctor's wife tries to change the ugliness, dullness and ignorance which prevail in Gopher Prairie, Minn.


London, Jack

Call of the Wild

Buck is a loyal pet dog until cruel men make him a pawn in their search for Klondike gold.


McCullers, Carson

The Member of the Wedding

A young southern girl is determined to be the third party on a honeymoon, despite all the advice against it from friends and family.


Melville, Herman

Moby Dick

A complex novel about a mad sea captain's pursuit of the White Whale.


Morrison, Toni


The lifelong friendship of two women becomes strained when one causes the other's husband to abandon her.


O'Connor, Flannery

A Good Man is Hard to Find

Social awareness, the grotesque, and the need for faith characterize these stories of the contemporary South.


Parks, Gordon

The Learning Tree

A fictional study of a black family in a small Kansas town in the 1920s.


Plath, Sylvia

The Bell Jar

The heartbreaking story of a talented young woman's descent into madness.


Potok, Chaim

The Chosen

Friendship between two Jewish boys, one Hasidic and the other Orthodox, begins at a baseball game and flourishes despite their different backgrounds and beliefs.




Salinger, J.D.

The Catcher in the Rye

A prep school dropout rejects the "phoniness" he sees all about him.


Sinclair, Upton

The Jungle

The deplorable conditions of the Chicago stockyards are exposed in this turn-of-the-century novel.


Steinbeck, John

The Grapes of Wrath

The desperate flight of tenant farmers from Oklahoma during the Depression.


Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Uncle Tom's Cabin

The classic tale that awakened a nation about the slave system.


Twain, Mark

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Huck and Jim, a runaway slave, travel down the Mississippi in search of freedom.


Vonnegut, Kurt


Billy Pilgrim, an optometrist from Ilium, New York, shuttles between World War II Dresden and a luxurious zoo on the planet Tralfamadore.


Walker, Alice

The Color Purple

A young woman sees herself as property until another woman teaches her to value herself.


Wells, H.G.

The Time Machine

A scientist invents a machine that transports him into the future.


Wolfe, Thomas

Look Homeward, Angel

A novel depicting the coming of age of Eugene Gant and his passion to experience life.


Wright, Richard

Native Son

Bigger Thomas, a young man from the Chicago slums, lashes out against a hostile society by committing two murders.



Further Reading


Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Morrison, Bluest Eye

Griffin, Black Like Me

Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

                     The Sun Also Rises

                     For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ellison, Invisible Man

Kerouac, On The Road

London, Sea Wolf

Knowles, A Separate Peace

Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat

                  East of Eden

                  Cannery Row

                  Of Mice and Men

Tan, The Joy Luck Club

Junger, The Perfect Storm

Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Smith, Betty, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Anzaldua, Gloria, Borderland (La Frontera)

Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

                  Cat’s Cradle

Silko, Ceremony

Hagedorn, Jessica, Dogeaters

Wilson, August, Fences

Monroe, Mary, God Don’t Like Ugly

Mitchell, Margaret, Gone with the Wind

Alvarez, Julia, How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accent

Larson, Nella, Passing

Zinn, Howard, A People’s History of the United States

Franklin, Benjamin, Poor Richard’s Almanac

Doctorow, E.L., Ragtime

Lamb, Wally, She’s Come Undone

Schlosser, Eric, Fast Food Nation