Anchored Education

AP English Language and Composition

Grade Level

Grade 11, 12




Students will need to obtain the following texts, either from a library or a bookseller:

Civil War Edition: Choose one of the following:

  • Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser

Contemporary Edition: See the lesson entitled The Memoir for an overview of text choices and choose one of the following:

  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  • A Work in Progress: A Memoir by Connor Franta
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida
  • The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
  • I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafza
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Student Edition: See the Checklist lesson for an overview of text choices and choose one of the following:

  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  • Up from Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Warmth of Other Suns by Isabell Wilkerson
  • Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown


English 1 and 2; this course is for students in 11th grade or above.

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