Suggested Fiction & Non-Fiction Reading List
"Information is the currency of democracy." – Thomas Jefferson
The reading lists that follow are not intended to be prescriptive and certainly not inclusive of every possible work that addresses the rule of law concept and its connections to such related issues as justice, good and evil, right and wrong, freedom and responsibility, equal rights, fairness, and citizenship. Indeed, even the list of connecting issues can not be properly or completely identified.
This is the teacher’s role. We invite you, the teacher, to use this list as a starting point that you and your students might apply to the many areas of the social studies curriculum to be covered over the course of the year. We suggest that in order to make the most of class time while still exposing students to the works on this list, teachers may want to select passages from the longer works that address the key themes surrounding the rule of law rather than have students attempt reading the entire work. Using a key passage or chapter can be as powerful a prompt for deep discussion and writing as reading a 300-page novel.
We have provided a list of works representing a range of historical periods, national origins, literary genres, and themes – some specifically for teachers, and some for students. We have provided brief synopses for the plays, novels, and non-fiction works; and, when available, reader-interest levels and grade-level equivalency scores for the plays and novels. We hope these works will encourage middle and high school teachers to expand their own reading lists and to develop interdisciplinary activities that cut across the artificial boundaries of the curriculum to engage students in appreciating the connections between civics class and their other classes as well as the real-world connections beyond the classroom.
Click here for the Word document of this reading list.