Unit 1 - It Happened in the City

Short Stories
  • "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl (Holt Elements of Literature p. 71)
  • "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs (Holt Elements of Literature p. 85)
  • "The Third Wish" by Joan Aiken

Alphabet City Cover
Alphabet City Excerpt by Stephen T. Johnson
City by Numbers Cover
City by Numbers Excerpt by Stephen T. Johnson

Manhattan on the Web - a source of historical documents on the founding and development of the NYC borough.

Poems about City Life

The Evolution of Useful Things by Henry Petroski

September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City: Interviews and Accounts by Wilborn Hampton

O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
I Saw Old General at Bay by Walt Whitman

Cloud Gate in Millennium Park
Chicago's Picasso scultpture

Unit 2 - "It Happened In the Country"

Literature Suggestions:
Excerpts from:
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  • Sounder by William Armstrong
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

"Mending Wall" by Robert Frost
"The Railway Train" by Emily Dickinson - Audio Download
Poems of Country Life - eBook

"Rural Life Without the Hard Edges" By Craig Lesher
"What School Days Were Like in Depression Rural America"

"American Gothic" by Grant Wood
Selected Works of Edward Hopper
Selected Works of Norman Rockwell

Unit 4 - Authors and Artists

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4