ELA Common Text

Central Islip School District Common Texts

3rd Grade – 12th Grade

WHAT IS A COMMON TEXT? A common text is an agreed upon work of literature or informational text used for classroom instruction in grades 3 through 12 (7th-12th grade English classes at the middle school and high school level). It is the district’s expectation that upon the successful completion of each grade level, all students will have read and analyzed each designated common text. 

Teachers and administrators may collaboratively suggest changes to the agreed upon common texts.  Any suggested changes must be forwarded to Central Islip School District’s Curriculum Council for final approval. 3rd Grade

Upon the successful completion of 3rd grade, all students will have read and analyzed Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner and Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. 4th Grade Upon the successful completion of 4th grade, all students will have read and analyzed The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo and Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. 5th Grade

Upon the successful completion of 5th grade, all students will have read and analyzed Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Wonder by R. J. Palacio. 6th Grade

Upon the successful completion of 6th grade, all students will have read and analyzed The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. 7th Grade English

Upon the successful completion of 7th grade English, all students will have read and analyzed Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen and The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. 8th Grade English

Upon the successful completion of 8th grade English, all students will have read and analyzed The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom and Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. 9th Grade English

Upon the successful completion of 9th grade English, all students will have read and analyzed The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and The Odyssey by Homer. 10th Grade English

Upon the successful completion of 10th grade English, all students will have read and analyzed The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

11th Grade English

Upon the successful completion of 11th grade English, all students will have read and analyzed The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger and Fences by August Wilson. 12th Grade English

Upon the successful completion of 12th grade English, all students will have read and analyzed Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare or The Tragedy of Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

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