9-1 Literary Texts—Literary Elements and the Short Story

Short Stories
§ The Gift of the Magi” (O. Henry) (E)
§ The Overcoat” (Nikolai Gogol) (EA)
§ The Most Dangerous Game” (Richard Connell)
§ The Kitchen Boy” (Alaa Al Aswany)
§ The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (James Thurber) (EA)
§ The Cask of Amontillado” (Edgar Allan Poe) (EA)
§ The Black Cat” (Edgar Allan Poe) (EA)
§ The Tell-Tale Heart” (Edgar Allan Poe) (EA)
§ The Scarlet Ibis” (James Hurst)
§ Everyday Use” (Alice Walker) (EA)
§ The Minister's Black Veil” (Nathaniel Hawthorne) (EA)
§ How Much Land Does a Man Need?” (Leo Tolstoy)
§ Drinking Coffee Elsewhere: Stories (ZZ Packer)

Informational Texts
None for this unit

Art, Music, and Media
Prompt: How do artists create visual narratives in photography and painting?

§ Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel (1482)
§ Sultan Muhammad, From a Khamsa of Nizami (1539-43)
§ Jacob Lawrence, On The Way (1990)
§ Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing The Delaware (1851)
§ Pablo Picasso, Young Acrobat on a Ball (1905)
§ Tina Barney, Marina’s Room (1987)
§ Roy DeCarava, Untitled (1950)

§ Brooklyn Bridge (documentary film, Ken Burns, director)
§ BMW short films (e.g., “Chosen,” Ang Lee, director)

9-2 Literary Texts—The Novel--Honor

§ To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) (L933)
Alternate Selections
§ The Killer Angels (Michael Shaara) (E) (L610)
§ All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque) (L830)
§ The Color Purple (Alice Walker) (IB) (L630)
§ Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck) (EA) (L630)
§ Black Boy (Richard Wright) (L855)

Informational Texts

Additional Resources
§ Famous American Trials: “The Scottsboro Boys” Trials (1931-37) (University of Missouri-Kansas School of Law) (Note: This website contains primary and secondary source accounts of “The Scottsboro Boys” trial.)

Art, Music, and Media

Art (Photographs)
§ Dorothea Lange, selected photographs taken for the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression
§ America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945” (Library of Congress)

§ To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) (Robert Mulligan, director)

9-3 Literary Texts—Poetry--Beauty


Informational Texts

Informational Text
  • Excerpts from Faulkner in the University: Class Conferences at the University of Virginia 1957-1958 (William Faulkner, Frederick L. Gwynn, ed.)
  • Excerpts from “Crediting Poetry,” the Nobel Prize Lecture, 1995 (Seamus Heaney)

Art, Music, and Media

Prompt: "What similarities can we find between great poems and masterpieces of other kinds?"


Art and Architecture

9-4 Literary Texts—Drama--Fate


Informational Text
  • Excerpt on comedy and tragedy from Poetics (Aristotle)

Art, Music, and Media

Prompt: What similarities exist between how playwrights and painters depict tragedy?

9-5 Literary Texts—Epic Poetry--Heroism

  • Mythology (Edith Hamilton)

Informational Text
  • Excerpts from The Gold of Troy (Robert Payne)
  • Excerpts from Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming (Jonathan Shay)
  • Excerpts from Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War (William Manchester)
  • Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point (Elizabeth D. Samet)
  • Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families (Andrew Carroll, ed.)
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

Art, Music, and Media

9-6 Literary Texts—Literary Nonfiction—Reflection (The Memoir, The Essay, and The Speech)

  • One Writer's Beginnings (Eudora Welty)
  • A Childhood: The Biography of a Place (Harry E. Crews)
  • Running in the Family (Michael Ondaatje)
  • “A Four Hundred Year Old Woman” (Bharati Mukherjee)
  • In Search of Our Mothers’ GardensAlice Walker) (EA)(L1160)
  • The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (Maxine Hong Kingston)
  • Learning to Read and Write” (Frederick Douglass) (EA)
  • Notes of a Native Son (James Baldwin)
  • A Sketch of the Past” (Virginia Woolf)


Informational Texts



Art, Music, and Media

Prompt: How is a self-portrait like a memoir?