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This list will be a long one. I had some truly wonderful Language Arts teachers over the years. While there were a few books they assigned to us over the years that I didn’t like, I found something enjoyable in the vast majority of our assigned reads.
I’m assuming that all of the WWBC participants have at least heard of these plays, poems, novels, and other works if they haven’t read them. I chose not to write commentary on them to keep this post from turning into a 1000+ word essay, but I’m happy to expand on anything that you’re all not already familiar with. This is roughly sorted by the age when I read them. Little House in the Big Woods was a fourth grade reading assignment, I believe.
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Edgar Allen Poe’s works, especially “The Raven” and “The Masque of the Red Death”
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Othello by William Shakespeare
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Emily Dickinson’s collected poems
e.e. cummings collected poems
The Iliad by Homer (I think we only read excerpts of this one),
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