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:|
|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|
|Wright, Richard||Black Boy||950L|
|Smith, Zadie||White Teeth||960L|
|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|