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Synopsis: Barrio Boy is the remarkable story of one boy's journey from a Mexican village so small its main street didn't have a name, to the barrio of Sacramento, California, bustling and thriving in the early decades of the twentieth century.


23. Title: Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981) Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez Genre: Novella

Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 75 Available: 75
Synopsis: A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone

agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister.


Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society—not just a pair of murderers—is put on trial.

24. Title: Flowers for Algernon (1959) Author: Daniel Keyes Genre: Novella



Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 20 Available: 20

Synopsis: Until he was thirty-two, Charlie Gordon --gentle, amiable, oddly engaging-- had lived in a kind of mental twilight. He knew knowledge was important and had learned to read and write after a fashion, but he also knew he wasn't nearly as bright as most of the people around him. There was even a white mouse named Algernon who outpaced Charlie in some ways. But a remarkable operation had been performed on Algernon, and now he was a genius among mice. Suppose Charlie underwent a similar operation...

25. Title: The Outsider (1953) Author: Richard Wright Genre: Fiction



Target Grade: 10-12 DVD: CD: Total: 36 Available: 36
Synopsis: A compelling story of a black man's attempt to escape his past and start anew in Harlem. The Outsider is an important work of fiction that depicts American racism and its devastating consequences in raw and unflinching terms. At once brilliantly imagined and frighteningly prescient, it is an epic exploration of the tragic roots of criminal behavior.
26. Title: Native Son (1958) Author: Richard Wright Genre: Fiction

Target Grade: 10-12 DVD: CD: Total: 35 Available: 35

Synopsis: Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.
27. Title: Black Boy (1945) Author: Richard Wright Genre: Fiction/Memoir

Target Grade: 10-12 DVD: CD: Total: 35 Available: 35

Synopsis: Black Boy (American Hunger) is a fictionalized memoir of Richard Wright's childhood and young adulthood. It is split into two sections, "Southern Night" (concerning his childhood in the south) and "The Horror and the Glory" (concerning his early adult years in Chicago).
28. Title: Author: J. Rodriguez Genre: Fiction/Memoir DVD: CD: Target Grade: 9-12

  • Always Running (1993) Total: 36 Available: 36

  • Always Running (2008) Total: 56 Available: 56

Synopsis: By age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East L.A. gang warfare. Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings, beatings, and arrests, then watched with increasing fear as drugs, murder, suicide, and senseless acts of street crime claimed friends and family members. Before long, Rodriguez saw a way out of the barrio through education and the power of words and successfully broke free from years of violence and desperation. Achieving success as an award-winning Chicano poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no more -- until his son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his own story in Always Running, a vivid memoir that explores the motivations of gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that inevitably claim its participants.

29. Title: I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman In Guatemala (1984) Author: Rigoberta Menchu Genre: Autobiography Target Grade: 10-12 Total: 33 Available: 33



DVD: Rigoberta Menchu: Broken Silence

Synopsis: A Quiche Mayan woman of Guatemala, Rigoberta Menchu told her story orally to anthropologist Elisabeth Burgos-Debray in Paris in 1982. Burgos-Debray transcribed the story and published in Spanish in 1983; Ann Wright's English translation appeared in 1984. The book, which both gave a voice to the Native American culture of Guatemala and exposed the brutality of Guatemala's civil war, became an international sensation. Menchu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.

30. Title: My Antonia *and Related Readings (2001) Author: Willa Cather Genre: Fiction

Target Grade: 10-12 Total: 33 Available: 33

Teacher Resources: Includes the Literature Connections Sourcebook Available: 3
Synopsis: *A guide to reading My Antonia with a critical and appreciative mind encouraging analysis of plot, style, form, and structure. Also includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list.

31. Title: My Antonia (1918) Author: Willa Cather Genre: Fiction



Target Grade: 10-12 DVD: CD: Total: 57 Available: 57
Synopsis: This tale of the spirited daughter of a Bohemian immigrant family planning to farm on the untamed land ("not a country at all but the material out of which countries are made") comes to us through the romantic eyes of Jim Burden. He is, at the time of their meeting, newly orphaned and arriving at his grandparents' neighboring farm on the same night her family strikes out to make good in their new country. Jim chooses the opening words of his recollections deliberately: "I first heard of Ántonia on what seemed to be an interminable journey across the great midland plain of North America," and it seems almost certain that readers of Cather's masterpiece will just as easily pinpoint the first time they heard of Ántonia and her world. It seems equally certain that they, too, will remember that moment as one of great light in an otherwise unremarkable trip through the world.
The Holocaust
1. Title: The Holocaust: A Historical Reader (2000) by Nextext Author: Mcdougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin Genre: Historical Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD:

Total: 8 Available: 8

Synopsis: The Holocaust was the result of Adolf Hitler’s "final solution," his grand campaign for the complete annihilation of the European Jews. The absolute horror perpetrated by the Nazis on Europe’s Jewish population was planned meticulously by Nazi leaders and carried out with force by the SS, a select military unit that also served as Hitler’s bodyguards.
2. Title: Night (1982) Author: Elie Wiesel Genre: Autobiographical/Memoir

Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 11 Available: 11

Synopsis: Provides a short and moving account of Wiesel's experience in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. The subject matter is difficult to think about, but it is important to deal with and remember nonetheless. Night is well written, and a good resource for teenagers and adults who are reading about the Holocaust for the first time or studying the subject in depth.
Plays and Novels

1. Title: Acting Natural: Monologs, Dialogs and Playlets for Teens (1991) Author: Peg Kehret Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 11 Available: 11



Synopsis: Short-length scripts expressing the honest feelings of teenagers - their joys and their problems. Subjects include the environment, diets, babysitting, self-image, drunk driving, teenage sex and more - all treated with humor, warmth and realism. Most roles may be played by either male or female performers. May be staged with no special sets, props or costumes. Ideal for speech and drama classrooms, variety shows and forensic competitions.
2. Title: The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail (1970) Author: Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Genre: Playscript Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: CD:

Total: 30 Available: 30

Synopsis: The play is based on the early life of the titular character, Henry David Thoreau, leading up to his night spent in a jail in Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau was jailed for refusing to pay a poll tax on the grounds that the money might be used to pay for the Mexican-American War, which he opposed. The play describes the ideological relevance of the play to contemporary audiences, stating "this play and its protagonist, though they are of the 19th century, are speaking to today's concerns: an unwanted war in another land, civil disobedience, the interdependence of man and nature, education the role of government and the governed.

3. Title: Genre: Play/Historical-Non-Fiction Target Grade: 6-12



  • The Diary of Anne Frank Dramatized by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett (Dramatists Play Service) Total: 78 Available: 78

  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett (A Random House Play) Total: 88 Available: 88

  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (1984—Perma Bound) Total: 68 Available: 68

DVD: Audio: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (8 CDs)

Synopsis: The play based on the classic work of nonfiction Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, brings her story to life. Its character development, key plot lines and dialogue are adapted from words of real people, creating a setting to help us relate to Anne on different levels: personal, social, political, ethical, and historical. The Diary of Anne Frank is suitable for a range of curriculum applications, from history to English.
4. Title: Fences (1983) Author: August Wilson Genre: Play/Drama

Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 137 Available: 137

Synopsis: A Negro Baseball league player is now a garbage man; his bitterness affects his loved ones.

5. Title: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1988) Author: August Wilson Genre: Play/Drama



Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 59 Available: 59

Synopsis: “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” is about nothing less than the migration and dispersal of a race and culture, searching for an identity and home. At the same time this play, which takes place in a boardinghouse in the Pittsburgh neighborhood called the Hill, feels cozy, gossipy and domestic. Its characters, embodied by one of the strongest ensembles in town, seem reassuringly knowable instead of fancy figures in an allegory. This is true even when they’re describing mystical visions involving bones walking out of the ocean.

6. Title: Fahrenheit 451 (1953) —The 50th Anniversary Edition Author: Ray Bradbury



Genre: Novel/Science Fiction Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: CD:

Total: 169 Available: 169

Synopsis: This is an engrossing futuristic tale of a society where all printed material is banned. In this country of the future, officials believe that people who read and are able to think for themselves are a threat to the nation where individualism is strongly discouraged. The inhabitants of this society all seem to be suffering from sensory deprivation and their only link to news and entertainment is a large television screen on the wall where broadcasts are continually transmitted to the "family". All of the people are members of The Family. Even though they aren't forced to watch the telecasts, they all do.

It is also a society where drugs are dispensed by the government in order to further pacify the citizens. Mop up squads roam the streets, shaving the heads of individuals whose hair they consider to be too long and to be the trait of a non-conformist.


7. Title: Fahrenheit 451 (1986) Author: Ray Bradbury Genre: Play/ Science Fiction

Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: CD: Total: 75 Available: 75

Synopsis: This is an engrossing futuristic tale of a society where all printed material is banned. In this country of the future, officials believe that people who read and are able to think for themselves are a threat to the nation where individualism is strongly discouraged. The inhabitants of this society all seem to be suffering from sensory deprivation and their only link to news and entertainment is a large television screen on the wall where broadcasts are continually transmitted to the "family". All of the people are members of The Family. Even though they aren't forced to watch the telecasts, they all do.

It is also a society where drugs are dispensed by the government in order to further pacify the citizens. Mop up squads roam the streets, shaving the heads of individuals whose hair they consider to be too long and to be the trait of a non-conformist.


8. Title: Fahrenheit 451 *and Related Readings Author: Ray Bradbury Genre: Science Fiction

Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: CD: Total: 50 Available: 50

Synopsis: *A textbook reader for young adults, plus short stories, poems, and essays designed to build reading comprehension.

This is an engrossing futuristic tale of a society where all printed material is banned. In this country of the future, officials believe that people who read and are able to think for themselves are a threat to the nation where individualism is strongly discouraged. The inhabitants of this society all seem to be suffering from sensory deprivation and their only link to news and entertainment is a large television screen on the wall where broadcasts are continually transmitted to the "family". All of the people are members of The Family. Even though they aren't forced to watch the telecasts, they all do.

It is also a society where drugs are dispensed by the government in order to further pacify the citizens. Mop up squads roam the streets, shaving the heads of individuals whose hair they consider to be too long and to be the trait of a non-conformist.
9. Title: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1994) Author: Tom Stoppard Genre: Play/Tragic Comedy Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 28 Available: 28

Synopsis: Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

10. Title: The Miracle Worker (1962) Author: William Gibson Genre: Play/Drama



Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: The Miracle Worker CD: Total: 143 Available: 143

Synopsis: The Miracle Worker is a three-act play based on Annie Sullivan's heroic efforts to teach her new pupil, Helen Keller. After an illness renders baby Helen blind and deaf – and, therefore, mute, her desperate parents hire a young governess, Annie Sullivan. After several fierce battles with the little girl, Annie convinces the Kellers to give her two weeks alone with their child. In that time, she teaches Helen discipline and finger spellings for words, and the true "miracle" begins.
11. Title: Twelve Angry Men (1957) Author: Reginald Rose Genre: Play/ Drama

Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: CD: Total: 15 Available: 15

Synopsis: "Twelve Angry Men" is the story of the jury's deliberations in a murder case. It begins when they file into the jury room. At the first vote eleven are in favor of guilty, one votes against. He is juror number eight and he wants to discuss it further. Others object; there is an eyewitness. They have no doubts, but as they talk, jurors begin to rethink their positions.   They take other votes, doubts about guilt are raised, and soon the tide turns in favor of not guilty. Still a few jurors hold out probably for reasons of their own—prejudice, family relations.   In the end it comes down to whether the one juror still holding out for guilty will give in.

12. Title: No Exit and Three Other Plays (1976) Author: Sartre Jean-Paul Genre: Play/Drama



Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 35 Available: 35

Synopsis: In these four plays, Jean-Paul Sartre, the great existentialist novelist and philosopher, displays his mastery of the drama. No Exit is an unforgettable portrayal of hell. The Flies is a modern reworking of the Electra-Orestes story. Dirty Hands is about a young intellectual torn between theory and praxis. The Respectful Prostitute is a scathing attack on American racism. 4 plays about an existential portrayal of Hell, the reworking of the Electra-Orestes story, the conflict of a young intellectual torn between theory and conflict and an arresting attack on American racism.

13. Title: Three Plays: Desire Under the Elms/Strange Interlude/Mourning Becomes Electra (1995) Author: Eugene O’Neill Genre: Play/ Drama Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: CD:



Total: 38 Available: 38

Synopsis: These three plays exemplify Eugene O'Neil's ability to explore the limits of the human predicament, even as he sounds the depths of his audiences' hearts.

14. Title: A Raisin in the Sun (1959) Author: Lorraine Hansberry Genre: Play/Drama



Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 54 Available: 54

Synopsis: The certainty that the ideals of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" can become reality for anyone willing to work for them is what we call the American dream. For many, the dream does come true. For many it does not.

Lorraine Hansberry knew about disappointment, false hope, and despair. For many of her African-American ancestors who had come North for a better life only to find exploitation and frustration, the dream had become a nightmare. In contemporary terms, she chronicles their nightmare in A Raisin in the Sun, an epic story of the Younger family struggling to realize the dream by escaping ghetto life. Hansberry's screenplay not only tells the story of the Youngers but reveals the plight of all who have failed dreams.


15. Title: A Raisin in the Sun *and Related Readings (1997) Author: Lorraine Hansberry Genre: Play/Drama Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD:

Total: 382 Available: 382

Synopsis: *A textbook reader for young adults, plus short stories, poems, and essays designed to build reading comprehension.
The certainty that the ideals of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" can become reality for anyone willing to work for them is what we call the American dream. For many, the dream does come true. For many it does not.

Lorraine Hansberry knew about disappointment, false hope, and despair. For many of her African-American ancestors who had come North for a better life only to find exploitation and frustration, the dream had become a nightmare. In contemporary terms, she chronicles their nightmare in A Raisin in the Sun, an epic story of the Younger family struggling to realize the dream by escaping ghetto life. Hansberry's screenplay not only tells the story of the Youngers but reveals the plight of all who have failed dreams.


16. Title: Pygmalion (1912) Author: Bernard Shaw Genre: Play/Comedy of Manners

Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 38 Available: 38

Synopsis: When George Bernard Shaw wrote Pygmalion more than a half century ago, no one could have predicted his play would eventually be converted into one of the great musicals of our time—My Fair Lady. Generations of readers and theatergoers have found relevance in Shaw's story of speech therapist Henry Higgins, who successfully transforms Liza Doolittle, a "draggle-tailed guttersnipe," into a darling of high society who momentarily upsets his hard-edged reserve. The extraordinary wit of this master dramatist of the twentieth century cuts away at the artificiality of class distinctions to reveal that human clay can be molded into wondrous shapes.

17. Title: A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) Author: Tennessee Williams Genre: Play/Drama


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