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Voice Recognition

9th Grade Literature

9th English Core Literature

Short Story:

The 9th grade English classes read this list of classic short stories.  Individual teachers may add more stories to the list as appropriate.

  • "The Most Dangerous Game" ~Richard Connell
  • "The Interlopers" ~Saki
  • "The Gift of the Magi" ~O. Henry
  • "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" ~James Thurber
  • "The Scarlet Ibis" ~James Hurst
  • "The Cask of Amontillado" ~Edgar Allan Poe
  • "The Necklace" ~Guy de Maupassant
  • "Checkouts" ~ Cynthi Rylant

Additional stories:

  • "One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts" ~Shirley Jackson
  • "Sonata for Harp and Bicycle" ~Joan Aiken
  • "Rules of the Game" ~Amy Tan
  • "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" ~Toni Cade Bambara
  • "The Machine that Won the War" ~Isaac Asimov
  • "The Invalid's Story" ~Mark Twain
  • "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth" ~Arthur C. Clarke


These poems constitute the common works studied in 9th grade.  Individual teachers may ADD to this list.

  • "The Eagle" ~Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • "'Hope' is a Thing with Feathers"  ~Emily Dickinson
  • "Dreams" and "Dream Deferred" ~Langston Hughes
  • "Jabberwocky" ~Lewis Carroll
  • "Casey at the Bat" ~Ernest Lawrence Thayer
  • "The Raven" ~Edgar Allan Poe
  • "The Seven Ages of Man" ~William Shakespeare
  • "Sonnet 30" ~William Shakespeare
  • Haiku
  • "I Hear American Singing" ~Walt Whitman
  • "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" ~William Wordsworth
  • "There Will Come Soft Rains" ~Sara Teasdale
  • Ecclesiasties 3:1-8
  • "The Bells" ~Edgar Allan Poe

Major literary works:

These major literary works are read and studied as part of the 9th grade course curriculum.  Individual teachers may add to this list.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird~Harpur Lee
  • Romeo and Juliet~William Shakespeare
  • Excerpts fromThe Odyssey~Homer

These pieces constitute the common works studied in 9th grade.  Individual teachers may ADD to this list.

  • fromRosa Parks:  My Story~Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins
  • fromA White House Diary~Lady Bird Johnson
  • "I Have a Dream" ~Martin Luther King, Jr
  • "Single Room, Earth View" ~Sally Ride
  • "To the Residents of A.D. 2029" ~ Bryan Woolley
  • fromThe Road Ahead~ Bill Gates

Additional pieces:

  • "Fly Away" ~Ralph Helfer
  • "The Washwoman" ~Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • "On Summer" ~Lorraine Hansberry
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