Comprehensive Reading List

Junior High Literature

7th Grade (KY History)

  • Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain (Summer reading)
  • White Squaw, Arville Wheeler
  • Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come
  • Song of the River, Billy C. Clark
  • Bruchko, Olson

8th Grade (American History)

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (Summer reading)
  • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Earnest Hemingway
  • Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes
  • With Lee in Virginia, G. A. Henty
  • The Chosen, Chaim Potok
  • Through Gates of Splendor, Elisabeth Elliott

Senior High Literature

9th Grade (Western Civ. I)

  • The Iliad, Homer (Summer reading)
  • The Odyssey, Homer
  • Oedipus Rex, Sophocles
  • Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare
  • The Aeneid, Virgil

10th Grade (Western Civ. II)

  • The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri (Summer reading)
  • Beowulf
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • The Canterbury Tales (selections), Geoffrey Chaucer
  • The Rule of St. Benedict
  • Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  • Paradise Lost, John Milton
  • Selected poems of Shakespeare, John Donne, George Herbert, Gerard Manly Hopkins

11th Grade (American History/Rhetoric/Gov.& Econ.)

  • Moby-Dick, Herman Melville (Summer reading)
  • Of Plymouth Plantation (selections), William Bradford
  • Selected Poems, Anne Bradstreet
  • “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Jonathan Edwards
  • “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” Edgar Allen Poe
  • Selected Short Stories, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • “Bartleby the Scrivener,” Herman Melville
  • Selected Poems, Emily Dickinson
  • Selected Poems, Walt Whitman
  • “The Real Thing,” Henry James
  • “The Bride Come to Yellow Sky,” Stephen Crane
  • “Sunday Morning,” Wallace Stevens
  • My Antonia, Willa Cather
  • Selected Poems, Robert Frost
  • Selected Poems, T. S. Eliot
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
  • Selected Poems, W. H. Auden
  • Selected Short Stories, Flannery O’Connor
  • Aristotle’s Rhetoric and Poetics
  • How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler
  • The Republic, Plato

12th Grade (Senior Seminar)

  • The Brothers Karamazov, Fyoder Dostoyevsky (Summer reading)
  • The Death of Ivan Illych, Leo Tolstoy
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solshenitzen
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  • 1984, George Orwell