Book Lists for American Literature and AP Language and Composition
Required Texts for
The primary text, MacMillan's American Literature (ISBN: 0-02-192680-8), is supplied by the
instructor unless the student prefers to mark up the text. Then he or she will need to purchase it.
Additional texts which must be provided by all students:
Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington (Required Summer Reading)
Assignments for required summer reading will be sent upon receipt of registration. Extra credit may be earned for reading up to three additional books (by American authors) upon completion of required reading. A list of book suggestions will be sent with the summer reading assignment.
Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (Needed Fall
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (Needed Early Spring Semester)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee OR A Separate
Peace by John Knowles (Needed in March)
Students have a choice of which book about maturing during a significant period in American history they will
In addition, for honors credit, students will need the following texts:
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (required Summer Reading)
George Washington's Farewell Address (Required Summer Reading)
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Needed Early Fall Semester)
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (Needed Late Fall Semester)
Required Texts for AP Language and Composition:
Two texts, MacMillan's American Literature and The Prentice-Hall Reader will be loaned to AP Language students for the course. Students who like to mark in their textbooks will need to provide their own.
Additional Texts which must be provided by the
How to Read Slowly by James W. Sire (Required Summer Reading)
(Used throughout the year as well)
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey OR Do the Hard
Things by Alex and Brett Harris (Students may choose which of these books to read, but one is required summer reading.)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Required Summer Reading)
Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington (if student is taking AP Language with American Literature)
Assignments for required summer reading will be sent upon receipt of registration. Extra credit may be earned for reading up to three additional books by American authors upon completion of required reading. A list of book suggestions will be sent with the summer reading assignment.
Profiles in Courage by John. F. Kennedy (Selections will be used throughout the
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair OR Inherit the Wind by Jerome
Lawrence and Robert. E. Lee (Student choice, but needed late fall; used to merge studies of narration and journalism)
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck (Needed by
Materials for Study
Skills Workshop and Intensive Are Provided by the Instructor.