English

Students are welcome to read or listen to the following titles given their course placement for the upcoming academic year. Titles were selected given the first units of instruction in each class, but please note: this list is offered simply for enrichment purposes as there is no required summer work for any English classes at Taft.

Full Year Courses

  • LM and Honors LM English
    • Chinua Achebe, No Longer at Ease
    • Trevor Noah, Born a Crime
  • Mid English
    • Trevor Noah, Born a Crime
    • Hilary Jordan, Mudbound
    • Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House
  • Honors Mid English
    • Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
    • James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
  • Upper Mid English
    • Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
    • Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
  • AP UM English
    • Kate Chopin, The Awakening
    • Zora Neal Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Honors Comparative Literature
    • Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
  • Senior Literature and Composition
    • John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
    • Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim
    • Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
  • Honors Humanities
    • Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World
  • AP Senior English Literature
    • Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
    • Elif Batuman, The Idiot
    • Edward P. Jones, The Known World

Senior Elective Courses

  • African-American Literature: 1900s to the Present
    • August Wilson, Fences
    • Wes Moore, The Other Wes Moore
  • Alternate Literary Histories
    • Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
    • Philip Roth, The Plot Against America
  • Creative Writing
    • Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods
    • Anthony Doer, All the Light We Cannot See
    • Neil Shushterman, Arc of a Scythe Trilogy
    • Erin Morgenstern, Night Circus
  • Gothic Literature
    • Helen Oyeyemi, White is for Witching
  • Media and Identity
    • Nancy Jo Sales, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Life of Teenage Girls
  • Modern American Drama
    • Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
    • Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
    • Sam Shepard, True West
  • The Quest
    • Herman Melville, Benito Cereno
    • Hal Borland, When the Legends Die
  • Race and Gender in Hollywood Film
    • Naomi McDougall Jones, The Wrong Kind of Women: Inside Our Revolution to Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood
  • Screenwriting
    • Stephen King, On Writing
    • Syd Field, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting