Syllabi

Syllabi developed for high school seniors taking English electives at Indian Springs School. These students completed AP Language & Composition as juniors. Each course is one semester. Sample reading lists are included here; click on each course name for a full syllabus and schedule.

Feminist Literature

  • Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
  • Simone deBeauvoir, The Second Sex (selections)
  • bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody
  • Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women
  • Valerie Solanas, SCUM Manifesto
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony, Declaration of Rights of the Women of the U.S.
  • Mina Loy, Feminist Manifesto
  • Nona Willis Aronotiz and Emma Bee Bernstein, Girldrive
  • Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
  • “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference”
  • Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (selections)
  • Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”
  • Charlotte Mew, “The White Night”
  • Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
  • Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market
  • Anne Sexton (Selected poems)
  • Sylvia Plath (Selected poems)
  • Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
  • Jackie Brown
  • The Hours
  • I Shot Andy Warhol

World Literature

  • Czech Rep.: Kafka, The Metamorphosis & Other Stories (trans. Muir)
  • Scotland: Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • South Africa: Lessing, The Grass is Singing
  • U.S.: Nabokov, Lolita
  • Russia: Turgenev, First Love
  • Germany: “Death Fugue,” Paul Celan
  • Britain: The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot
  • Russia: “Requiem,” Anna Akhmatova
  • Germany: Metropolis
  • Japan: Grave of Fireflies
  • France/Italy: Hiroshima, Mon Amour
  • U.S.: The Birds
  • Australia: Marsden/Tan, The Rabbits; Tan, The Arrival
  • Rwanda: Stassen, Deogratis 

Experimental Literature

  • Summer Reading: Isms: Understanding Modern Art
  • Claudia Rankine, Citizen
  • Shaun Tan, The Arrival 
  • Jason Shiga, Meanwhile
  • Tom Philips, A Humument 
  • Christian Bök, Eunoia
  • Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths 
  • Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
  • Aristotle, Poetics
  • Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons
  • Joe Brainard, I Remember 
  • Francis Ponge, The Nature of Things 
  • Ginger Ko, Motherlover 
  • Darren Wershler-Henry, Tapeworm Foundry

Wilderness Literature

  • An Audubon field guide of your choice: decide whether you want to specialize in trees, rocks, fossils, mushrooms, butterflies, birds, mammals, etc. and purchase the respective guide. Non-Audubon guides are welcome (for example, Sibley’s guides are better for birds). 
  • Ecopoetry Anthology, ed. Ann Fisher-Wirth
  • The Forest Unseen, David George Haskell 
  • Ecodeviance, CA Conrad
  • American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau, Bill McKibben
  • Field Notes: on Science and Nature, Michael R. Canfield
  • How to Keep a Naturalist’s Notebook
  • The 6th Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Black Nature: Four Centuries of African-American Nature Poetry, ed. Camille T. Dungy