“To put an end to the spirit of inquiry that has characterized the West it is not necessary to burn the books. All we have to do is to leave them unread for a few generations.”

Robert Maynard Hutchins, The Great Conversation

Seventh Grade

Jack Schaefer, Shane
Kenneth Grahame, Wind in the Willows
William Gibson, The Miracle Worker
Richard Adams, Watership Down
Selected Poetry and Short Stories

Eighth Grade

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Beowulf
Roger Lancelyn Green, King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
Chaim Potok, The Chosen
Selected Poetry

Ninth Grade

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Federalist Papers (Selections)
Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Civil Disobedience
Frederick Douglass, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
Willa Cather, My Antonia
Earnest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Thornton Wilder, Our Town
Selected of American Poetry and Short Stories

Tenth Grade

William Shakespeare, Richard II
Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (Selections)
John Locke, Second Treatise on Civil Government (Selections)
Jean Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Edmund Burke, Reflections on the French Revolution (Selections)
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Friedrich Engels, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific (Selections)
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
George Orwell, Animal Farm
Selected British and European Poetry and Short Stories

Eleventh Grade

Homer, the Iliad and Odyssey
Aeschylus, the Oresteia
Sophocles, the Oedipus Trilogy
Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War
Plato, Meno, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo and Republic
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
Athanasius, On the Incarnation
Augustine, Confessions
Gregory Nazianzus, On God in Christ
Selected Poetry

Twelfth Grade

Augustine, The Spirit and the Letter
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (Selections)
William Shakespeare, Macbeth and Hamlet
John Locke, Second Treatise on Civil Government
Jean Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract
Dante Alighieri, the Inferno
James Agee, A Death in the Family
Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
Michele d’Montaigne, “In Defense of Raymond Sebond”
Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
G.W.F. Hegel, Reason in History
Karl Marx, “Alienated Labor”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Selected Poetry and Short Stories