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Note: Last year, district English teachers selected four of the units from Collections to do during the 2015-16 school year. All 6 units are listed here, but I have crossed out the two that were not selected. We may or may not read some of the additional texts listed (outside of the required readings) depending on time and other factors.

Key: The texts listed below are from the Collections textbook. We are required by the district to do all “Anchor Texts” and the “Close Readers,” but we will also read a few additional pieces from these units as noted below. Please note that the Close Readers include online annotation activities and reading questions (see login information at the top of this page).
*= Anchor Text
**= Close Reader (online only)

Collection 1: Coming to America

“[In America] individuals of all nations are melted into a new race … whose labors … will one day cause great changes in the world.” ~Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur


  • from Of Plymouth Plantation – by William Bradford*
  • On the State of Virginia – by John Smith**
  • “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” – by Jonathan Edwards (NOT in the textbook)
  • “Young Goodman Brown” – by Nathaniel Hawthorne (NOT in the textbook)
  • “The Minister’s Black Veil” – by Nathaniel Hawthorne (found in Collection 3 – pg. 234)

Collection 2: Building a Democracy

“A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share the responsibility for upholding the common good.” ~Barbara Jordan


  • The Declaration of Independence – by Thomas Jefferson*
  • from The United States Constitution: Preamble and Bill of Rights* 
  • Public Document from US Constitution**
  • “Speech to the Virginia Convention” – by Patrick Henry (NOT in the textbook)
  • “To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth” – by Phyllis Wheatley (found in Collection 2 – pg. 152)

Collection 3: The Individual and Society

“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • “Song of Myself” – by Walt Whitman*
  • “Against Nature” – argument by Joyce Carol Oates*
  • “Nature” – by Ralph Waldo Emerson**
  • from Walden – by Henry David Thoreau

Collection 4: A New Birth of Freedom

“My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I’m going to stay here and have a part of it.” ~Paul Robeson

  • “Second Inaugural Address” – by Abraham Lincoln*
  • “Emancipation Proclamation” – by Abraham Lincoln**
  • “Gettysburg Address” – by Abraham Lincoln (NOT in the textbook)
  • “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July” – by Frederick Douglass
  • “Declaration of Sentiments” – public document by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Collection 5: An Age of Realism

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” ~Phillip K. Dick

  • “To Build a Fire” – by Jack London*
  • “The Men in the Storm” – by Stephen Crane**
  • “The Yuckiest Food in the Amazon” – by Mary Roach**
  • “A Journey” – by Edith Wharton**
  • “Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market” – by Pablo Neruda**

Collection 6: The Modern World

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” ~Gertrude Stein


  • “Winter Dreams” – by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
  • The Crucible – by Nathaniel Hawthorne*
  • “Ambush” – by Tim O’Brien**
  • “How It Feels to Be Colored Me” – by Zora Neale Hurston**
  • “The Weary Blues” – by Langston Hughes**
  • from The Crucible (from Act I) – by Nathaniel Hawthorne**
  • “Science, Guided by Ethics” – by Freeman Dyson**