Literature List

Time Period Studied and Selected Readings

(The selected readings listed are representative; this is not an exhaustive list. Texts may be replaced and sequencing adjusted at the discretion of RCA administration.)

12th grade: Modernity
Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville
Notes From the Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Hamlet, William Shakespeare

11th grade: American History & Literature
American Founding Documents & Federalist / Anti-Federalist Papers
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Frederick Douglass
Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
Animal Farm, George Orwell

10th Grade: Medieval Period
The Divine Comedy, Dante
The Prince, Machiavelli
Summa Theologica, St. Thomas Aquinas
Saga of the Volsungs

9th Grade: Classical Period
The Republic, Plato
On Christian Doctrine, St. Augustine
The Aeneid; Eclogues & Georgics, Virgil
Till We Have Faces, C. S. Lewis

8th Grade: Christendom
The Church History, Eusebius
On the Incarnation, St. Athanasius
The Song of Roland
The Lord of the Rings trilogy

7th Grade: Ancient Period
the Code of Hammurabi
Histories, Herodotus
Odyssey, Homer
Oedipus Rex / Antigone, Sophocles

6th Grade: U.S. History, 1815-present
Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom

5th Grade: Age of Exploration & the Establishment of the United States
The Swiss Family Robinson, Johann Wyss
The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, Jean Lee Latham