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Keep Books

"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them."

--Joseph Brodsky


Keep Books:

As part of their studies at John Adams Academy, scholars are given personal copies, or “keep books” of some of the classics read in their courses. It is the hope of the faculty and staff at John Adams Academy that these books will form the core of the scholars’ own classical library that will continue to grow as they engage in lifelong learning. Scholars are typically given two keep books per year through their elementary school years, and up to two books per class during their secondary studies. All keep books are selected by the Director of Curriculum in consultation with department heads and are given to every scholar who attends the academy. The core keep books per grade are as follows:

  • Little Red Hen
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
1st Grade
  • Children’s Book of Virtues
2nd Grade
  • Little House in the Big Woods
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble
3rd Grade
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Because of Winn Dixie
4th Grade
  • Cricket in Times Square
  • By the Great Horn Spoon

5th Grade
  • Little Women
  • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

6th Grade
  • Julius Caesar
  • The Trojan War

7th Grade ELA
  • Beowulf the Warrior
  • Henry V

7th Grade History
  • Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
  • Magna Charta

8th Grade ELA
  • Animal Farm
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

8th Grade History
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

9th Grade ELA
  • The Iliad
  • Macbeth

10th Grade History
  • The Prince
  • Beginnings of Rome
  • Selected Works of Cicero

10th Grade ELA
  • Divine Comedy
  • Richard II

11th Grade History
  • Man’s Search for Meaning
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

11th Grade ELA
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • The Great Gatsby

12th Grade History
  • Abolition of Man
  • Plato’s Republic
  • Democracy in America

12th Grade ELA
  • Hamlet
  • The Odyssey