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HSD2 Literary Canon - 8th Grade

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Unit 3 Texts

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Unit 3 Texts

Abuela Invents the Zero*


A Celebration of Grandfathers*

Mother to Son

Little Women

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer*

Born Worker

Ode to Thanks

Songs of Innocence: The Little Boy Lost and The Little Boy Found

Songs of Experience: A Poison Tree

Mandatory Volunteer Work for Teenagers


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Biographical information on the author:

  • "Judith Ortiz Cofer." Gale Literature: Contemporary Authors, Gale, 2020. Gale Literature Resource Center. 

An Interview with Cofer, who discusses the importance of links between daughters, mothers, and grandmothers:

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Biographical Information on the Author:

  • "Rudolfo Anaya." Gale Literature: Contemporary Authors, Gale, 2020. Gale Literature Resource Center.

An Interview with Anaya, who talks about his worldview and the importance of Chicano culture:

Database Articles:

Biographical information on the author:

  • "Louisa May Alcott." Gale Literature: Contemporary Authors, Gale, 2003. Gale Literature Resource Center.
  • "Louisa May Alcott." Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, Gale, 2002. Gale In Context: Biography

An overview of Little Women:

  • Gabin, Jane S. "Little Women: Overview." Reference Guide to American Literature, edited by Jim Kamp, 3rd ed., St. James Press, 1994. Gale Literature Resource Center
  • Phillips, Anne K. "Little Women." American History Through Literature 1820-1870, edited by Janet Gabler-Hover and Robert Sattelmeyer, vol. 2, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006, pp. 683-688. Gale In Context: U.S. History.

Historical context:

  • "Women in the 19th Century: Introduction." Feminism in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion, edited by Jessica Bomarito and Jeffrey W. Hunter, vol. 2: 19th Century, Topics & Authors (A-B), Gale, 2005, pp. 1-2. Gale In Context: U.S. History

Documentary: Orchard House: Home of Little Women by PBS.

"Go inside the 350-year-old home in Concord, Massachusetts where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set Little Women in 1868. With a nurturing, talented family as owners and literary giants Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne as neighbors, Orchard House uniquely inspired Louisa May Alcott to write a book that has never been out of print and has been translated into over 50 languages."

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