Mrs. HASH                                        AVID*American Literature*English Language Arts

To be an AVID student, you should always stay informed about current events. the Reuters and CNN weblink on this page will help you stay up to date with some interesting world events.     

AVID students are REQUIRED to read 5 books this year. You can choose from this list; however, if you have a book in mind, you must clear it with the teacher befor expecting it to be counted toward your book read count.



Ain’t I a Woman?

Sojourner Truth

Killers of the Dream

Lillian Smith

Strange Fruit

Lillian Smith

The Bean Trees

Barbara Kingsolver

The Lovely Bones

Alice Seabold

The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

A Lesson Before Dying

Ernest Gaines

How to Read a Book

Charles Van Doren

And Still We Rise:  The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-City High School /Students

Miles Corwin

A Walk to Remember

Nicholas Sparks

The Last Angry Man

Gerald Green

The Blackboard Jungle

Evan Hunter

The Jungle

Upton Sinclair

The Chosen

Chaim Potok

The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath

Burry My Heart At Wounded Knee

Dee Brown

Into Thin Air

John Krakauer

Into the Wild

John Krakauer

Nine Stories

J.D. Salinger

Franny and Zooey

J.D. Salinger

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

The Gangster We Are All Looking For

Le Thi Diem Thuy

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Julia Alvarez

The Salt Eaters

Toni Cade Bambara

Catch 22

Joseph Heller

Song of Myself (Complete)

Walt Whitman

A Walk in the Woods

Bill Bryson

In Cuba I was a German Shepherd

Ana Menendez

Go Tell It on the Mountain

James Baldwin

Gorillas in the Mist

Dian Fossey


E. L. Doctorow

She’s Come Undone


Ashes of Roses

Mary Jane Auch

An American Tragedy

Theodore Dreiser

Silent Spring

Rachel Carson

Holler if You Hear Me:  Search for Tupac Shakur

Michael Eric Dyson

The Perfect Storm

Sebastian Junger

Profiles in Courage

John F. Kennedy

Stoner & Spaz

Ron Koertge

Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell

God Don’t Like Ugly

Mary Monroe

Bad Boy

Walter Dean Myers

Cuba 15

Violet Paz

Nothing is Impossible:  Reflection on a New Life

Christopher Reeve

Almost a Woman

Esmeralda Santiago


Alice Sebold

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Betty Smith

Johnny Got His Gun

Dalton Trumbo

Black Elk Speaks

Black Elk

Cannery Row

John Steinbeck

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway

The Waste Land

T. S. Eliot


Henry David Thoreau

Nature (selections)

Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

 Moby Dick; Billy Budd

Herman Melville

Poor Richard’s Almanack

Benjamin Franklin

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Edgar Allan Poe

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Harriet Beecher Stowe

On the Road

Jack Keroac

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave, Written by Himself 

Frederick Douglas

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X


Sandra Cisneros

The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Mark Haddon

Novio Boy:  A Play

Gary Soto

A Place to Stand

Jimmy Santiago Baca

Last Days of Summer

Steve Kugler

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

Breakfast of Champions

Kurt Vonnegut


August Wilson

Selected Poetry

Nikki Giovanni

How to be a Chicana Role Model

Michele Serros


Danzy Senna

Monkey King

Patricia Chao  (Dark side of society

When I Was Puerto Rican

Esmeralda Santiago

The Woman Warrior

Maxine Hong Kingston


Ha Jin

In My Father’s House

Ernest Gaines

The Scarlett Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Rule of the Bone

Russell Banks

My Antonia

Willa Cather