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ERA Humane Letters HS Readings

9th Grade | The Ancient World

Quarter 1: Weeks
Homeric and Early Greece
Homer, Iliad 3.5
Homer, Odyssey 3.5
Thucydides, Peloponnesian Wars 1
Plutarch, Greek Lives 1
Quarter 2: Weeks
Classical Greece
Greek Drama (Selections) 4
Plato (Selections) 3
Aristotle (Selections) 1.5

Quarter 3: Weeks
Republican Rome
Livy, Early History of Rome 2
Polybius, Histories 2.5
Plutarch, Lives 1.5
Caesar, Conquest of Gaul 1
Cicero (Selections) 1

Quarter 4: Weeks
Imperial Rome
Virgil, Aeneid 3
Tacitus, Annals of Imperial Rome 2
Roman Philosophy 2
Lucretius, On the Nature of Things
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Fall of the Roman Empire
Honorius 1

10th Grade | Middle Ages through Renaissance and Reformation


Quarter 1: Weeks
Christianity in the Roman Empire
Bible 1
Augustine, City of God
Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy 2
Irish and Anglo-Saxon Primary Sources, 3
including Beowulf
Medieval Epic and Romance 3
von Eschenbach, Parzival

Quarter 2 Weeks
Medieval Romance and History (including Crusades) 1.5
von Eschenbach, Parzival; Malory, Morte
DArthur; (and readings from Bede,
Ecclesiastical History of the English People;
Asser, Life of Alfred; Thomas of Celano, Lives
of St. Francis; Pope Urban II; Bernard of
Clairvaux; and Peter Abelard; Magna Carta)
Medieval Philosophy and Literature
Aquinas, Summa Theologica 1.5
Dante, Divine Comedy (selections) 3
Chaucer, Canterbury Tales 2

Quarter 3 Weeks
Humanism & Age of Discovery
Pico della Mirandolla, Oration on the 1
Dignity of Man
Erasmus, In Praise of Folly 3
Machiavelli, The Prince 2
More, Utopia 2
(and readings from Christopher Columbus,
Hernn Corts, Bartolom de las Casas)

Quarter 4 Weeks
More, Utopia 1
Protestant Reformers 1
Erasmus (Selections)
Luther (Selections)
Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
Elizabethan Drama
Marlowe, Dr. Faustus 1
Shakespeare, Othello 1
Shakespeare, Henry V 1
Shakespeare, Hamlet 1
Shakespeare, A Midsummer Nights Dream 1

11th Grade | Enlightenment through Industrialization

Quarter 1 Weeks
Literature
Shakespeare, Macbeth 1
Early Colonization 1
Harriot, Champlain, Smith, Bradford, Winthrop
Literature
Cervantes, Don Quixote 3.5
Scientific Method 1.5
Montaigne, Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, Bacon, Galileo, Newton
Philosophy and Science
Descartes, Meditations 1
Pascal, Penses .5

Quarter 2 Weeks
Literature
Milton, Paradise Lost 2
Philosophy
Hobbes, Leviathan, and Locke, Second 3.5
Treatise on Government, Montesquieu,
Spirit of the Laws, Rousseau, Social Contract
American Colonial Period
Colonial Primary Sources 1
American Revolution
Declaration of Independence and other
Primary Sources 1.5

Quarter 3 Weeks

U.S. Constitution, etc.


Constitution of the United States 1
Bill of Rights 1
Publius, Federalist, and other
Primary Sources 1
French Revolution and Napoleonic Era
Burke, Reflections on the French Revolution 1
Poetry and Literature
Blake (Selections) .5
Austen (Selections) 2.5
Romanticism
Romantic poets (Selections) 1

Quarter 4 Weeks
Romanticism
Goethe, Faust 1
Shelley, Frankenstein 1
American Romanticism and Transcendentalism 2
Poe and Hawthorne (Selections)
Emerson (Selections)
Thoreau (Selections)
Whitman (Selections)
Modern Philosophy 2
Kant (Selections)
The Communist Manifesto (Selections)
Mill (Selections)
Nietzsche (Selections)
US Civil War
Lincolns Gettysburg Address, House Divided 1
Speech, and First and Second Inaugurals
Primary Source Readings 1

12th Grade | The Modern and Contemporary World

Quarter 1 Weeks
Early Modern Literature
Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment 3.5
Tolstoy, selected short stories 0.5
Wilde, Picture of Dorian Gray 1.5
World War I 1.5
WWI Poetry and Primary Sources (Selections)
Modern Science 1.5
Freud, Jung, and Kohlberg (Selections)
Quarter 2 Weeks
Modern Science 1
Einstein and Quantum Physics (Key People and Philosophical Overview)
Immigration in the 1920s 0.5
Primary Source readings on Immigration and Immigration issues
Modern Literature
Eliot, The Wasteland 0.5
Hemingway, Selected short stories 1
Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 1.5
Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury 3
The Spanish Civil War 0.5
Lorca, Machado, Spanish Poets (Selections)

Quarter 3 Weeks
Existentialist Literature
Camus, The Stranger 0.5
Sartre, No Exit 0.5
Dystopian Literature and the 1930s
Huxley, Brave New World (selections) 1
Orwell, 1984 3
Political Isms and Long, Every Man A King 0.25
Humanities Capstone Paper 1
WWII (selected readings) 1.5
Postmodern Drama 0.5
Williams, Streetcar Named Desire

Quarter 4 Weeks
Postmodern Literature 1.5
Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima

1940s, 1950s, and 1960s America 2


1940s Primary Sources (Move to Suburbs and Korean War)
1950s Primary Sources (HUAC)
1960s Primary Sources (Kennedy, First Inaugural Address and Johnson, Great Society,
Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam)
Capstone Presentations and Symposium Night 0.5
Civil Rights Movement 1.5
Plessy v. Ferguson
Brown v. Board of Education
King, Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Civil Rights Primary Sources
Contemporary Issues 1.5
Supreme Court Cases (Selections)
Island Trees v. Pico
Miranda v. Arizona
Kent v. USA
New Jersey v. TLO
Desert Storm
Contemporary Literature
OConnor (Selections) 0.5
Morrison, Song of Solomon 3