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What did you read at school?

I've had a thought today. I want to teach English (I'd rather classical civilisation, but they don't tend to do it outside of grammar schools here, and I'd rather teach comprehensive school students. It'll be harder, sure, but it fits better with the reasons I want to teach in the first place), and so I thought that I should probably start reading the books that students study at school to get a feel for them. I haven't touched that sort of thing since I left when I was sixteen (and I didn't properly read the book I was supposed to in my final year, either).

I remember, when I was at school, reading Of Mice and Men, Macbeth, and To Kill A Mockingbird.

Can any of you on my flist tell me what you read for school when you were aged 11-16?

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*goes to her old high school's website*

9th Grade:
Anthem (by Ayn Rand)
Romeo & Juliet
The Odyssey
To Kill a Mockingbird
Greek Mythology
Great Expectations stopped being taught the year I got there, but I know many schools still teach it
Some of Poe's poetry/short stories- The Raven, the Tell Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Pit & the Pendulum, Annabel Lee

10th Grade:
Arthurian Legends
Midsummer's Night Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Lord of the Flies
Dante's Inferno
Some classes read The Tempest

11th Grade:
The Great Gatsby
The Sound and the Fury
The Scarlet Letter
The Crucible
Oedipus Rex/King Oedipus
Don Quixote
The Importance of Being Ernest
Kafka's Metamorphosis
The Fall of the House of Usher

12th Grade:
Paradise Lost
The Poisonwood Bible
Canterbury Tales
Tess d'Urburvilles
Rime of the Ancient Mariner

And I've read every single one of these because I'm a dork, so I can give you recs on which are the best if you'd like xD;.

Edited at 2009-12-28 02:50 am (UTC)
Oh, super! That's a long list! I swear we never read as many books as that in school...

The only one I've read from beginning to end is Macbeth from there. Where would you recommend I start?