Text List for P-12 ELA

The Text List for P-12 ELA contains all the full-length books, articles, excerpts and other texts to be used in the ELA curriculum modules on EngageNY. This document is in Excel format and contains columns that can be easily filtered by Grade, Module/Domain, Title and Author. It also explains, wherever possible, whether a text is a full-length text, an article, or an excerpt of a longer work. In addition, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has included information about where the text can be purchased or located online if the text is in the public domain. Please note that, in several instances, published links to copyrighted texts are provided; these should be used for previewing and planning purposes only, not for reproduction in an instructional context.

While this document will be periodically updated as the modules are completed and posted to reflect the most current information from our curriculum vendors, the information here can help inform purchasing decisions in order to be prepared for the 2013-2014 school year.  In addition, while the list of texts for modules already posted will remain as it is articulated herein, it is possible that the amount of text that is used or the way and time that texts are used may be augmented as curriculum writing continues.

The curricular materials posted on EngageNY.org do and will include authentic reading materials. Authentic reading materials include published works that are typically encountered by students in daily life, such as in magazines, books or newspapers. The use of authentic reading material (as opposed to reading material created for instructional / assessment purposes only) may mean that some material is emotionally charged or may use language outside of a student's particular cultural experience.

In addition, there may be instances in which texts repeat across different grade levels. This is intentional: Texts can serve different functions across different grades, and particular texts are especially worthy of revisiting with intent of making connections with other texts and content areas.

As always, curricular decisions - including the use of the texts in this list - are made at the local level.

List of Texts Selected for 9-12 NYS ELA Modules

The List of Texts Selected for 9-12 NYS ELA Modules is the list of texts that NYS is using to build the ELA modules for grades 9-12. The selected texts for each high school ELA module reflect:

  • Grade level text complexity
  • A balance of fiction and non-fiction
  • A balance of male and female authors
  • A diversity of voices representing a spectrum of cultures, perspectives, abilities, orientations, races, ages, time-periods, and geographies
  • Appropriate matches for mastery of individual and collective standards
  • A thoughtful consideration of what makes appropriate content for students to encounter at the typical age for their grade level.  Where an outstanding or worthwhile text includes content that may be deemed inappropriate, we have excerpted the text so that students might still read and analyze it.  In the circumstances where we have included content that might be experienced as objectionable,  we have included an explanation of our choice as well as language teachers might choose to include around this text in the classroom.   

CCSS-aligned instructional materials include authentic reading materials. Authentic reading materials include published works that are typically encountered by students in daily life, such as in magazines, books or newspapers. The use of authentic reading material may mean that some material is emotionally charged or may use language outside of a student's particular cultural experience.

For district and school purchasing decisions, it is important to note that texts marked with a * are either excerpts of larger works or short works of fiction or non-fiction for which we are seeking permissions to reproduce and embed within the curriculum. It is not necessary to purchase these texts. In cases where we are not able to secure permissions for the texts with asterisks, they may be replaced with other texts that can adequately serve a similar content function in the module.

Created on: 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013