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Curriculum Reading Around the World

Started by Fractalion, Jan 19, 2021, 04:49 AM

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Fractalion

Hey guys! I was reading a book the other day where one of the characters mentioned a book that they had to read for school. It wasn't a book that I had to read, and that got me thinking. In retrospect, I suppose it's somewhat obvious that different countries have different curriculums, and therefore different required reading, but it isn't something I had considered before.

So here I am asking all of you: What books did you have to read in school? Specifically, I'm interested in the books you were assigned to read, not the ones you got to choose yourselves. (But if you want to throw in some recommendations as well, go for it!)

I'm mostly interested in the books that you all had to read (or currently have to read!) in high school, but I'd be happy to hear about required reading at lower grade levels too. If the book wasn't in English, feel free to post either the original title or the translated title, I'll have a look either way.

If you want to include what country or even state/province/territory/etc. you're from, that'd be cool too, but don't feel obligated to do so if you don't feel comfortable making that public.



Let me get us started! I'm from Canada, more specifically the province of Ontario. Here are the books I had to read in high school, or at least the ones I remember. I've tried to put them in the order we read them in, but I make no promises.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Macbeth by Shakespeare
Fifth Business* by Robertson Davies
Hamlet by Shakespeare

There may have been a couple other books assigned to us, but I can't really remember any others for certain. There were certainly a lot more that we had to read, but we got to choose them ourselves. Regardless, if I remember any others I'll edit my post and add them in.

*I just wanted to call special attention to Fifth Business. I remembered absolutely loving this book when I read it in school, so I went back and re-read it recently. I didn't really remember much about the story all these years later, but after reading it again I can say it definitely lives up to my memory of it being a great book. If you get the chance to read it, I'd recommend doing so.

winston_b

I'm from Texas, United States and here are the books I remember reading in no particular order.

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Wave by Todd Strasser
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
The Storm by Kate Chopin

These are some books that we talked about but only watched the movies. (I had a strange teacher)

Moby Dick (In the Heart of the Sea)
The Great Gatsby
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AtomicPulse

I'm from the South West of the UK and these are what I remember:

> Midsummer Nights Dream by Shakespeare
> Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
> To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
> Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare
> Macbeth by Shakespeare
> The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
> An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley
> A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I believe we read a couple more but can't remember what
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UnicornOnACob

I'm from North West England and these are the books we studied in English throughout high school that I remember (not in chronological order):

A View From the Bridge - Arthur Miller
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
An Inspector Calls - J.B. Priestley
Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare
Othello - Shakespeare
Atonement - Ian McKewan
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller

At English Literature A-Level I also had to do a piece of coursework on a book of my choice, I chose The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

Lewdara

I'm from Texas and I don't really remember majority of the books I read due to me being lazy and sleeping but I remember reading

> The Great Gatsby
> Romeo and Juliet

That's literally it

Fractalion

Thanks for all your responses so far! I'm not surprised to see Shakespeare on everyone's lists so far.

If we get any responses from countries that don't have English as an official language it'll be interesting to see what changes, if we still see so much overlap or not!

OrangeJuiceeee

My memory doesn't serve me that well when it comes to books from high school but here's a few that I remember:

Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Night - Elie Wiesel
(All the Shakespeare listed from everyone else)
House On Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
1984 - George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Educated - Tara Westover

I don't remember the rest but I remember the ones I enjoyed the most were probably Night, 1984, and Educated.
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

Sassy1233

Saskatchewan, Canada here, these are in no particular order:

romeo and juliet- Shakespeare
Macbeth- Shakespeare
the glass castle- Jeannette Walls
any book as long as it was by a Canadian author
the Chrysalids - John Wyndham
April Raintree - Beatrice Mosionier

we are now watching Indian Horse in class instead of reading it.
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omelet

Here's what I remember having to read in high school. From Colorado, United States.

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
Starters - Lissa Price
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
A Raisin in the Sun - Lorraine Hansberry
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail - Robert E. Lee and Jerome Lawrence
Walden - Henry David Thoreau
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
The Tortilla Curtain - T.C. Boyle
The Great Gatsby -  F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Alex Haley
Barracoon: The Last Black Cargo - Zora Neale Hurston
A Narrative of the Life of Federick Douglass, an American Slave - Frederick Douglass
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down - Anne Fadiman
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Nubbun

Denmark. From what I understand we had to read atleast one of the following authors works each. My teacher decided these were the ones we had to read.

Jeppe paa bierget - Ludvig Holberg
Guldhornenene - Adam Oehlenschläger
Hosekræmmeren - Steen Steensen Blicher
Den Lille pige med svovlstikkerne - HC Andersen
Haabløse slægter - Herman Bang
Det ideale hjem - Henrik Pontoppidan
Pelle Erobreren - Martin Andersen Nexø
Den Afrikanske farm - Karen Blixen
Agerhønen - Martin A. Hansen


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Spookystorm

I'm a bit late to the party, but from what I can remember from my UK English classes:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck
And a whole bunch of poetry on top of that, from people like Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and others... as well as Terminator 3: Judgement Day (for some reason).