10th Grade Common Core Suggested Reading Lists

10-1 Literary Texts—World Literature: Latin and Central America 

Note: Teachers may choose texts from the list in a number of ways. They might include one mid-length novel or two short novels; a play; a selection of poems by various authors; and a nonfiction essay. Updated August 2017

Short Stories
Argentina

Cuba

Chile

Colombia

Novels
Chile

Mexico (L1280)

Columbia

Plays

Poems
Mexico

Chile

Informational Texts

Informational Text

Speeches

 

10-2 Literary Texts—World Literature: Asia

Note: This unit should include excerpts from an ancient work; one novel; one play; several short stories; and a long poem or selection of poems. The teacher may choose two novels or two plays instead of one novel and one play. In addition, students should consult informational texts and secondary sources, online and in the library, for their essays.

Novels
China

India

Japan

Short Stories
China

Japan

Vietnam

Plays
China

India

Poems
Sanskrit

China

India

Informational Texts

Informational Text

Literary Nonfiction
China

Autobiography

Art, Music, and Media
Prompt: How does the study of select Asian objects give us a greater understanding of the depth and diversity of Asian literary forms and genres?

Art
Japan

China

India

Media

  • Chinese Poems of the Tang and Sung Dynasties: Read by Lo Kung-Yuan in Northern Chinese, Peking Dialect (Folkways Records, 1963)

Film

  • Rashomon (1950) (Akira Kurosawa, dir.)
  • Curse of the Golden Flower (2006) (Zhang Yimou, dir.)

 

10-3 Literary Texts—World Literature: Africa and the Middle East

Note: Teachers may choose texts from the list in a number of ways. They might include one novel or two short novels; a play; a selection of poems by various authors; and a nonfiction essay. They may choose to include ancient and medieval works, or they may focus on modern works. Where possible, teachers should play audio recordings of the poetry read in the original language, so that the students may become familiar with its sounds.

Novels
Turkey

Nigeria

South Africa

Egypt (L930)

Senegal

  • So Long a Letter (Mariama Ba)

United Kingdom

Lebanon

Kenya

Short Stories
Botswana

South Africa

Mozambique

Israel

  • The World Is a Room and Other Stories (Yehuda Amichai)

Egypt

Other

Poems

Plays
South Africa

Nigeria

Poems
Palestine

Israel

Iran

General

Informational Texts

Informational Text
Iran

  • Ethics of the Aristocrats and Other Satirical Works (Nezam al-Din Obeyd-e Zakani)

South Africa

Autobiographies

Art, Music, and Media
Prompt: How does studying objects from Africa and the Middle East, offer special insight into the literary cultures of these regions?

Africa

Middle East

 

10-4 Literary Texts–World Literature: Russia

Note: Teachers may substitute a story for another story by the same author, or they may substitute one author for another major author from the same period. The selections should combine well, and there should be a balance of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. Roughly 4-5 weeks should be devoted to nineteenth-century works, 2-4 weeks to a pivotal text, and 4-5 weeks to a twentieth-century work and historical readings.

Short Stories

Novels/Novellas

Plays

Poems

  • “The Twelve” (Aleksandr Blok)
  • To Urania” (Joseph Brodsky)

Informational Texts

Informational Text

Literary Nonfiction

Art, Music, and Media

Music