Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Books & Essays for College Bound Students

I read recently that high schools are not assigning the caliber of novels necessary to prepare students for college. Transitioning seamlessly into college requires not only that students read and understand challenging books, but also that they know how to write a good literary analysis paper.

Whether you homeschool or use a traditional route, as a parent you'll want to be aware of this list of books put out by the College Board. You'll also want an outstanding explanation and example of a good literary analysis paper.

There are many different types of colleges and some will certainly have abandoned the classics as irrelevant. It won't hurt to be prepared for anything, and to look into the expectations of the colleges our children have in mind. The more liberal the college, the more likely it is to assign books written well after 1900.

Further reading: Most college freshman read at a seventh-grade reading level.

Here is the College Board featured list:

Middle school books 
Achebe, ChinuaThings Fall Apart
Crane, StephenThe Red Badge of Courage
Dumas, AlexandreThe Three Musketeers
Golding, WilliamLord of the Flies
Hurston, Zora NealeTheir Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, AldousBrave New World
Lee, HarperTo Kill a Mockingbird
London, JackThe Call of the Wild
Miller, ArthurThe Crucible
Morrison, ToniBeloved
O'Neill, EugeneLong Day's Journey into Night
Orwell, GeorgeAnimal Farm
Poe, Edgar AllenSelected Tales
Remarque, Erich MariaAll Quiet on the Western Front
Rostand, EdmondCyrano de Bergerac
Stevenson, Robert LouisTreasure Island
Swift, JonathanGulliver's Travels
Twain, MarkThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Welty, EudoraCollected Stories
Wright, RichardNative Son

High school books 
Agee, JamesA Death in the Family
Austin, JanePride and Prejudice
Baldwin, JamesGo Tell It on the Mountain
Beckett, SamuelWaiting for Godot
Bellow, SaulThe Adventures of Augie March
Bronte, CharlotteJane Eyre
Bronte, EmilyWuthering Heights
Camus, AlbertThe Stranger
Cather, WillaDeath Comes for the Archbishop
Chaucer, GeoffreyThe Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, AntonThe Cherry Orchard
Chopin, KateThe Awakening
Conrad, JosephHeart of Darkness
Cooper, James FenimoreThe Last of the Mohicans
Defoe, DanielRobinson Crusoe
Dickens, CharlesA Tale of Two Cities
Dostoyevsky, FyodorCrime and Punishment
Douglass, FrederickNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dreiser, TheodoreAn American Tragedy
Eliot, GeorgeThe Mill on the Floss
Ellison, RalphInvisible Man
Emerson, Ralph WaldoSelected Essays
Faulkner, WilliamAs I Lay Dying
Faulkner, WilliamThe Sound and the Fury
Fielding, HenryTom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. ScottThe Great Gatsby
Flaubert, GustaveMadame Bovary
Ford, Ford MadoxThe Good Soldier
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang vonFaust
Hardy, ThomasTess of the d'Urbervilles
Hawthorne, NathanielThe Scarlet Letter
Heller, JosephCatch 22
Hemingway, ErnestA Farewell to Arms
HomerThe Iliad
HomerThe Odyssey
Hugo, VictorThe Hunchback of Notre Dame
Ibsen, HenrikA Doll's House
James, HenryThe Portrait of a Lady
James, HenryThe Turn of the Screw
Joyce, JamesA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, FranzThe Metamorphosis
Kingston, Maxine HongThe Woman Warrior
Lewis, SinclairBabbitt
Mann, ThomasThe Magic Mountain
Marquez, Gabriel GarciaOne Hundred Years of Solitude
Melville, HermanBartleby the Scrivener
Melville, HermanMoby Dick
O'Connor, FlanneryA Good Man is Hard to Find
Pasternak, BorisDoctor Zhivago
Plath, SylviaThe Bell Jar
Proust, MarcelSwann's Way
Pynchon, ThomasThe Crying of Lot 49
Roth, HenryCall It Sleep
Salinger, J.D.The Catcher in the Rye
Shakespeare, WilliamHamlet
Shakespeare, WilliamMacbeth
Shakespeare, WilliamA Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare, WilliamRomeo and Juliet
Shaw, George BernardPygmalion
Shelley, MaryFrankenstein
Silko, Leslie MarmonCeremony
Solzhenitsyn, AlexanderOne Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
SophoclesOedipus Rex
Steinbeck, JohnThe Grapes of Wrath
Stowe, Harriet BeecherUncle Tom's Cabin
Thackeray, WilliamVanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry DavidWalden
Tolstoy, LeoWar and Peace
Turgenev, IvanFathers and Sons
Vonnegut, Kurt Jr.Slaughterhouse-Five
Walker, AliceThe Color Purple
Wharton, EdithThe House of Mirth
Whitman, WaltLeaves of Grass
Wilde, OscarThe Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, TennesseeThe Glass Menagerie
Woolf, VirginiaTo the Lighthouse

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