High School Core Literature

Our high school core literature list allows students to be exposed to authors who represent a variety in writing style, themes, and perspectives.

Core Literature List by Grade

  • A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
  • Beloved (Toni Morrison)
  • Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
  • Macbeth (William Shakespeare)
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass)
  • Notes of a Native Son (James Baldwin)
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
  • Satyagraha: The Power of Nonviolence (Mahatma Gandhi)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
  • The Analects of Confucius
  • The Communist Manifesto (Karl Marx)
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (Sherman Alexie)
  • The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
  • The Odyssey (Homer)
  • The Republic (Plato)
  • The Wealth of Nations (Adam Smith)
  • The Yellow Wallpaper (Charlotte Perkins Gilman)
  • Walden (Henry David Thoreau)
  • White Teeth (Zadie Smith)

This list is not exhaustive, as we also believe strongly in guarding the autonomy of teacher-chosen readings, but rather, builds school community by making up a common 40 percent of the works read by all students. We think of our core literature not so much as a canon, but as a conversation, and a conversation in which all members of our community are encouraged to participate.