Common Core--Appendix B, Text Exemplars


RL=Reading level

Grades 6–8 Text Exemplars

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women (L 790, 1300)
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. (L 950)
L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time. (L 740)
Cooper, Susan. The Dark Is Rising. (L 920)
Yep, Laurence. Dragonwings. (L 870)
Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. (L 920)
Hamilton, Virginia. The People Could Fly. (L 680)
Paterson, Katherine. The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks. (L 930)
Cisneros, Sandra. “Eleven.”
Sutcliff, Rosemary. Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad. (L 1300)

Fletcher, Louise. Sorry, Wrong Number.
Goodrich, Frances and Albert Hackett. The Diary of Anne Frank: A Play.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. “Paul Revere’s Ride.”
Whitman, Walt. “O Captain! My Captain!
Carroll, Lewis. “Jabberwocky.”
Navajo tradition. “Twelfth Song of Thunder.”
Dickinson, Emily. “The Railway Train.”
Yeats, William Butler. “The Song of Wandering Aengus.”
Frost, Robert. “The Road Not Taken.”
Sandburg, Carl. “Chicago.”
Hughes, Langston. “I, Too, Sing America.”
Neruda, Pablo. “The Book of Questions.
Soto, Gary. “Oranges.”
Giovanni, Nikki. “A Poem for My Librarian, Mrs. Long.” (available in EBSCO, Pioneer Library)

Informational Texts: English Language Arts
Adams, John. “Letter on Thomas Jefferson.”
Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself
Churchill, Winston. “Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: Address to Parliament on May 13th, 1940.”
Petry, Ann. Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad.
Steinbeck, John. Travels with Charley: In Search of America.

Informational Texts: History/Social Studies
United States. Preamble and First Amendment to the United States Constitution. (1787, 1791).
Lord, Walter. A Night to Remember.
Isaacson, Phillip. A Short Walk through the Pyramids and through the World of Art.
Murphy, Jim. The Great Fire.
Greenberg, Jan, and Sandra Jordan. Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist.
Partridge, Elizabeth. This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie.
Monk, Linda R. Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution.
Freedman, Russell. Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Subjects
Macaulay, David. Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction. (L 1120)
Mackay, Donald. The Building of Manhattan.
Enzensberger, Hans Magnus. The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure. (L 580)
Peterson, Ivars and Nancy Henderson. Math Trek: Adventures in the Math Zone.
Katz, John. Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho. (L 1070)
Petroski, Henry. “The Evolution of the Grocery Bag.”(complete article available in EBSCO, Pioneer Library)
“Geology.” U*X*L Encyclopedia of Science.
“Space Probe.” Astronomy & Space: From the Big Bang to the Big Crunch.
“Elementary Particles.” New Book of Popular Science.
California Invasive Plant Council. Invasive Plant Inventory.

Grades 9–10 Text Exemplars

Homer. The Odyssey.
Ovid. Metamorphoses.
Gogol, Nikolai. “The Nose.”
De Voltaire, F. A. M. Candide, Or The Optimist.
Turgenev, Ivan. Fathers and Sons.
Henry, O. “The Gift of the Magi.”
Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis.
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath.
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451.
Olsen, Tillie. “I Stand Here Ironing.
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart.
Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird.
Shaara, Michael. The Killer Angels.
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club.
Álvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies.
Zusak, Marcus. The Book Thief. (L 730)

Sophocles. Oedipus Rex.
Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Macbeth.
Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House.
Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie.
Ionesco, Eugene. Rhinoceros.
Fugard, Athol. “Master Harold”…and the boys.”

Shakespeare, William. “Sonnet 73.”
Donne, John. “Song.”
Shelley, Percy Bysshe. “Ozymandias.”
Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Raven.”
Dickinson, Emily. “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark.”
Houseman, A. E. “Loveliest of Trees.”
Johnson, James Weldon. “Lift Every Voice and Sing.
Cullen, Countee. “Yet Do I Marvel.”
Auden, Wystan Hugh. ”Musée des Beaux Arts.”
Walker, Alice. “Women.”
Baca, Jimmy Santiago. “I Am Offering This Poem to You.”

Informational Texts: English Language Arts
Henry, Patrick. “Speech to the Second Virginia Convention.”
Washington, George. “Farewell Address.”
Lincoln, Abraham. “Gettysburg Address.”
Lincoln, Abraham. “Second Inaugural Address.”
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano. “State of the Union Address.”
Hand, Learned. “I Am an American Day Address.”
Smith, Margaret Chase. “Remarks to the Senate in Support of a Declaration of Conscience.”
King, Jr., Martin Luther. “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
King, Jr., Martin Luther. “I Have a Dream: Address Delivered at the March on
Washington, D.C., for Civil Rights on August 28, 1963.
Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings .
Wiesel, Elie. “Hope, Despair and Memory.”
Reagan, Ronald. “Address to Students at Moscow State University.”
Quindlen, Anna. “A Quilt of a Country.”

Informational Texts: History/Social Studies
Brown, Dee. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West.
Connell, Evan S. Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn.
Gombrich, E. H. The Story of Art, 16th Edition.
Kurlansky, Mark. Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World.
Haskins, Jim. Black, Blue and Gray: African Americans in the Civil War.
Dash, Joan. The Longitude Prize.
Thompson, Wendy. The Illustrated Book of Great Composers.
Mann, Charles C. Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491.

Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Subjects
Euclid. Elements.
Cannon, Annie J. “Classifying the Stars.”
Walker, Jearl. “Amusement Park Physics.”
Preston, Richard. The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story.
Devlin, Keith. Life by the Numbers.
Hoose, Phillip. The Race to Save Lord God Bird.
Hakim, Joy. The Story of Science: Newton at the Center.
Nicastro, Nicholas. Circumference: Eratosthenes and the Ancient Quest to Measure the Globe.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/U.S. Department of Energy. Recommended Levels of Insulation.

Grades 11–CCR Text Exemplars

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales.
de Cervantes, Miguel. Don Quixote.
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice.
Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Cask of Amontillado.”
Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter.
Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment.
Jewett, Sarah Orne. “A White Heron.”
Melville, Herman. Billy Budd, Sailor.
Chekhov, Anton. “Home.”
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.
Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying.
Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms.
Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Borges, Jorge Luis. “The Garden of Forking Paths.”
Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March.
Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye.
Garcia, Cristina. Dreaming in Cuban.
Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake.

Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Hamlet
Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. Tartuffe.
Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.
Wilder, Thornton. Our Town: A Play in Three Acts.
Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman.
Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun.
Soyinka, Wole. Death and the King’s Horseman: A Play.

Li Po. “A Poem of Changgan.”
Donne, John. “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning.
Wheatley, Phyllis. “On Being Brought From Africa to America.”
Keats, John. “Ode on a Grecian Urn.
Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself.”
Dickinson, Emily. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death.”
Tagore, Rabindranath. “Song VII.”
Eliot, T. S. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”
Pound, Ezra. “The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter.”
Frost, Robert. “Mending Wall.”
Neruda, Pablo. “Ode to My Suit.
Ortiz Cofer, Judith. “The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica.”

Informational Texts: English Language Arts
Paine, Thomas. Common Sense.
Jefferson, Thomas. The Declaration of Independence.
United States. **The Bill of Rights** (Amendments One through Ten of the United States Constitution).
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Society and Solitude.”
Porter, Horace. “Lee Surrenders to Grant, April 9th, 1865.”
Chesterton, G. K. “The Fallacy of Success.”
Mencken, H. L. The American Language, 4th Edition.
Wright, Richard. Black Boy.
Orwell, George. “Politics and the English Language.”
Hofstadter, Richard. “Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth.”
Tan, Amy. “Mother Tongue.”
Anaya, Rudolfo. “Take the Tortillas Out of Your Poetry.”

Informational Texts: History/Social Studies
Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America.
Declaration of Sentiments by the Seneca Falls Conference.
Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?: An Address Delivered in
Rochester, New York, on 5 July 1852.”
An American Primer. Edited by Daniel J. Boorstin
Lagemann, Ellen Condliffe. “Education.”
McPherson, James M. What They Fought For 1861–1865.
The American Reader: Words that Moved a Nation, 2nd Edition.
Amar, Akhil Reed. America’s Constitution: A Biography.
McCullough, David. 1776.
Bell, Julian. Mirror of the World: A New History of Art.
FedViews by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Subjects
Paulos, John Allen. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences.
Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.
Tyson, Neil deGrasse. “Gravity in Reverse: The Tale of Albert Einstein’s ‘Greatest
Calishain, Tara, and Rael Dornfest. Google Hacks: Tips & Tools for Smarter
Searching, 2nd Edition.
Kane, Gordon. “The Mysteries of Mass.”
Fischetti, Mark. “Working Knowledge: Electronic Stability Control.”
U.S. General Services Administration. Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.
Kurzweil, Ray. “The Coming Merger of Mind and Machine.”
Gibbs, W. Wayt. “Untangling the Roots of Cancer.”
Gawande, Atul. “The Cost Conundrum: Health Care Costs in McAllen, Texas.”