World Literature and Honors World Literature

Book Requirements: Suggestions are located in the chart below, however, if you should choose your own text, please follow the guidelines below: 

  • Must be a book that has to do with culture or identity  
  • Must be at least 100 pages  
  • May NOT be any book you read in 9th grade 
  • No picture books, magazines, pamphlets, or graphic novels  

Assignment:  Choose ONE of the focus questions below and answer it in a multi-paragraph essay. Start with a claim in your introduction, and be sure to refer to the author and title of the book. Body paragraphs will provide a thorough explanation, including three or more quotations to support your argument. Cite the quotations and any paraphrases.   

Focus questions (choose ONE):  

To what extent does culture shape your main character’s identity?  


To what extent does cultural background shape your main character’s place in his or her society?  

**The multi-paragraph essay is due at the beginning of class on the first day of school.   

Suggestions for Reading:
Author Title Lexile 
Bernier-Grand, Carmen T. Frida: Viva la Vida! Long Live Life! 750L 
Garcia, Cristina The Aguero Sisters 1000L 
Jin, Ha Ocean of Words Army Stories 790L 
McCunn, Ruthanne Lum Thousand Pieces of Gold 940L 
Porter, Connie Imani All Mine 580L 
Walker, Alice Meridian 1010L 
Whitaker, Alecia Wildflower 830L 
Wright, Richard Black Boy 950L 
Smith, Zadie White Teeth 960L 
Nonfiction/Informational Text 
Author Title Lexile 
Beal, Merrill D. “I Will Fight No More Forever”: Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War 1130L 
Carrick Hill, Laban America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the 60’s 1190L 
Cunxin, Li Mao’s Last Dancer 810L 
Le Guin, Ursula K. Always Coming Home N/A 
Nabhan, Gary Paul Why Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes, and Cultural Diversity N/A 
Nerburn, Kent Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy N/A 
Santiago, Esmeralda When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir 1029L 
Sherr, Lynn Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words N/A 
Stone, Tanya Lee The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll’s History and Her Impact on Us 1120L 
Tobin, Jacqueline L. and Raymond G. Dobard Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad N/A 
Ward, Geoffrey C. and Ken Burns Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony N/A 

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