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Grades 9–12 Titles


Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short. – Goodreads

AnneBrusca
A Collaboration with Educator Developer Anne Brusca
Librarian, New Hyde Park Memorial High School, New Hyde Park, NY. Anne is a lifelong learner at heart. She holds a B.A. in English, a Masters in Library Science and in Educational Technology, and a law degree. She started her new career in the Herricks U.F.S.D. in New York as an elementary library media specialist in a K-5 school in 2008, before moving to New Hyde Park Memorial High School, a 7-12 school in the Sewanhaka C.H.S.D., in 2011. She is excited to share the fun, creativity and learning possibilities of Google Lit Trips with her students and colleagues.

JeromeBurg
A Collaboration with Educator Developer, Jerome Burg
Google Lit Trips Founder, Retired High School English Teacher. Jerome Burg spent 38 years as a high-school English teacher. M.A. in Education, specializing in Educational Technology. He is a popular conference and workshop presenter, is both an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher; co-author of Bookmapping: Lit Trips and Beyond. See Developer Bio and GLT Global ED for more information.

Candide by Voltaire
A Small Dog's Big Life

"Candide, whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief that 'all is for the best'. But when his love for the Baron's daughter is discovered, he and his various companions begin a breathless tour of Europe, South America and Asia, as an outrageous series of disasters befall them - earthquakes, syphilis, a brush with the Inquisition, murder - sorely testing the young hero's optimism. "

JeromeBurg
Educator Developer Jerome Burg
Google Lit Trips Founder, Retired High School English Teacher. Jerome Burg spent 38 years as a high-school English teacher. M.A. in Education, specializing in Educational Technology. He is a popular conference and workshop presenter, is both an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher; co-author of Bookmapping: Lit Trips and Beyond. See Developer Bio and GLT Global ED for more information.

Fifteen Poets by Lacey McLaughlin   (STUDENT CREATED)
fifteenPoets

This student-generated project shares a taste of the poetry of Billy Collins, Elizabeth Bishop, Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Shel Silverstein, William Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath, Oscar Wilde, Walt Whitman, e.e. cummings, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, and Robert Frost. Each poet is represented by an audio recording of one of his or her famous poems.

walkerSchoolDeveloped by Student Lacey McLaughlin with Educator Developer Thomas Cooper
The project was developed by student Lacey McLaughlin, as part of a larger Google Earth project created by the students of Mr. Thomas Cooper of The Walker School in Marrietta, Georgia. Additional Google Earth projects created by Mr. Cooper's students can be found on their US Project site and on their Expedition Literature site .
Flesh & Blood So Cheap by Albert Marrin
FleshAndBloodSoCheap

"On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City burst into flames. One hundred forty-six people — mostly women — perished. But the story of the fire is not the story of one accidental moment in time. It is a story of immigration and hard work to make it in a new country, as Italians and Jews and others traveled to America to find a better life. It is the story of poor working conditions and greedy bosses, as garment workers discovered the endless sacrifices required to make ends meet. It is the story of unimaginable, but avoidable, disaster. And it the story of the unquenchable pride and activism of fearless immigrants and women who stood up to business, got America on their side, and finally changed working conditions for our entire nation, initiating radical new laws we take for granted today." – Goodreads

AnneBrusca
A Collaboration with Educator Developer Anne Brusca
Librarian, New Hyde Park Memorial High School, New Hyde Park, NY. Anne is a lifelong learner at heart. She holds a B.A. in English, a Masters in Library Science and in Educational Technology, and a law degree. She started her new career in the Herricks U.F.S.D. in New York as an elementary library media specialist in a K-5 school in 2008, before moving to New Hyde Park Memorial High School, a 7-12 school in the Sewanhaka C.H.S.D., in 2011. She is excited to share the fun, creativity and learning possibilities of Google Lit Trips with her students and colleagues.

scottColvin
A Collaboration with Educator Developer Scott Colvin
Scott Colvin English Teacher, New Hyde Park Memorial High School, New Hyde Park, NY. Mr. Scott Colvin has taught English at all grade levels 7-12 since 1998.  He is currently teaching in the English Department at New Hyde Park Memorial High School. His use of educational technology continues to be a mainstay of his success in the classroom.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley    (STUDENT CREATED)
Frankenstein

"Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever." – Goodreads

Holly Butora Created by AP English Students for Educator Developer Gregory Greenleaf
Educator Developer Gregory Greenleaf and his AP English Students, Greely High School Cumberland, ME. I have been teaching for many years, mostly in Maine, and really love my job. Besides working with high school students, I enjoy the many ways teaching requires me to be creative and use my imagination. Every day is different and each year allows me to develop my material a little more. Besides teaching, I enjoy hanging out with my three daughters, gardening with my lovely wife, and going on hikes with my chocolate lab.

In Search of Beowulf by Jerome Burg
In Search of Beowulf

Though true that Beowulf is undoubtedly not a true story, there is reason to believe that elements of the story are based upon historical places and events common to the legends of many of our oldest stories.

This Google Lit Trip is based upon the archeological work of Tom Christensen published under the title "Lejere: Beyond the Legend – the archeaological evidence." Christensen's work led to what may have been the model for the descriptions of The Long Hall" in Beowulf. As you explore this Lit Trip, you can virtually travel to the archaeological site, view the locations mentioned, and read about the evidence upon which Christensen builds a rather convincing case.

JeromeBurg
Created by Educator Developer Jerome Burg
Google Lit Trips Founder, Retired High School English Teacher. Jerome Burg spent 38 years as a high-school English teacher. M.A. in Education, specializing in Educational Technology. He is a popular conference and workshop presenter, is both an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher; co-author of Bookmapping: Lit Trips and Beyond. See Developer Bio and GLT Global ED for more information.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Brothers in Hope

One of the great Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt, and revenge. Prompted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches and goaded by his ambitious wife, the Scottish thane Macbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland, in order to succeed him on the throne. This foul deed soon entangles the conscience-stricken nobleman in a web of treachery, deceit, and more murders, which ultimately spells his doom. Set amid the gloomy castles and lonely heaths of medieval Scotland, Macbeth paints a striking dramatic portrait of a man of honor and integrity destroyed by a fatal character flaw and the tortures of a guilty imagination. – Amazon.com

Matthew Hart
Educator Developer Matthew Hart
Vice Principal, Joe Michell K–8 School, Livermore, CA. Matthew Hart has a Master's Degree in English Literature, specialized in 20th Century American and English Literature, and wrote his master's thesis on Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. Matthew has presented at multiple educational conferences, and was named a Rotary Club Outstanding Educator in 2012.



Night by Elie Wiesel
Bud No Buddy

"Night is a work by Elie Wiesel about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945, at the height of the Holocaust and toward the end of the Second World War. In just over 100 pages of sparse and fragmented narrative, Wiesel writes about the death of God and his own increasing disgust with humanity, reflected in the inversion of the father–child relationship as his father declines to a helpless state and Wiesel becomes his resentful teenage caregiver. Penetrating and powerful, as personal as The Diary Of Anne Frank, Night awakens the shocking memory of evil at its absolute and carries with it the unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again" – Goodreads

JeromeBurg
Educator Developer Jerome Burg
Google Lit Trips Founder, Retired High School English Teacher. Jerome Burg spent 38 years as a high-school English teacher. M.A. in Education, specializing in Educational Technology. He is a popular conference and workshop presenter, is both an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher; co-author of Bookmapping: Lit Trips and Beyond. See Developer Bio and GLT Global ED for more information.

Os Lusiadas by Luís Vaz de Camões (In Portuguese)
Os Lusiadas

This Google Lit Trip is entirely in Portugese! Luís Vaz de Camões (1524-1580), the famous Lisbon poet, composed "Os Lusíadas" in 1572 to glorify the expedition and exploits of Vasco da Gama in the Indian Ocean. In his work he tells the most beautiful and interesting episodes of Portugal's history. Montesquieu said, "the discovery of Mozambique, of Melinda and Calcutta has been sung by Camoes, whose poem has something of the charm of The Odyssey and of the magnificence of The Aeneid."

Teresa Pombo
Educator Developer Teresa Pombo
Teresa Pombo Pereira, M.A., Education & Educational Technology, Portuguese Language Teacher, Portuguese Ministry of Education and Science (Carlos Gargaté School Cluster), Teacher Trainer.` She has a degree in Portuguese and French and a post-grad course in Translation (English and French) by the Institut Franco-Portugais and the University of Strasbourg. She holds a Master's Degree in Education (Educational Technology). She founded the project "Viagens literárias" (Literary voyages) which aims to provide access to digital learning resources about literature and other curricular subjects as well as to support teachers and provide professional development on the use of digital learning resources. Teresa is a popular conference presenter and serves as a founding member of the GLT Global ED Board of Directors.

The Aeneid by Virgil
The Aeneid

Fleeing the ashes of Troy, Aeneas, Achilles' mighty foe in the Iliad, begins an incredible journey to fulfill his destiny as the founder of Rome. His voyage will take him through stormy seas, entangle him in a tragic love affair, and lure him into the world of the dead itself--all the way tormented by the vengeful Juno, Queen of the Gods. – Goodreads

Matthew Hart
Educator Developer Matthew Hart
Vice Principal, Joe Michell K–8 School, Livermore, CA. Matthew Hart has a Master's Degree in English Literature, specialized in 20th Century American and English Literature, and wrote his master's thesis on Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. Matthew has presented at multiple educational conferences, and was named a Rotary Club Outstanding Educator in 2012.


The Big Two-Hearted River by Ernest Hemingway   (STUDENT CREATED)
The Big Two-Hearted River

This Lit Trip is based on Ernest Hemingway's short story "The Big Two-Hearted River" written in 1925, which recounts a trout fishing trip near Seney in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It speculates on the location of Hemingway's 1919 trip to the Seney area by comparing text in the short story to analysis by Prof. Jack Jobst and weaves details about our family camping/canoeing trip on the Fox River in August 2010 with information about the science of stream ecology, entomology, and water resource management.




DavidHart
A Collaboration by Developer David Hart and daughter Madeleine Hart
Senior Scientist at the University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center.David Hart conducts research and provides outreach that supports sustainable coastal development along the Great Lakes. David's research is the intersection of geographic information science, urban planning, and environmental management.



madeleineHartMadeleine Hart, Biochemistry Student, Beloit College. She was a student at Madison West High School when she helped develop the Big Two-Hearted River Lit Trip.




The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye

"Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation." – Goodreads

JeromeBurg
Educator Developer Jerome Burg
Google Lit Trips Founder, Retired High School English Teacher. Jerome Burg spent 38 years as a high-school English teacher. M.A. in Education, specializing in Educational Technology. He is a popular conference and workshop presenter, is both an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher; co-author of Bookmapping: Lit Trips and Beyond. See Developer Bio and GLT Global ED for more information.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath

"Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into haves and have-nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity." – Goodreads

JeromeBurg
Educator Developer Jerome Burg
Google Lit Trips Founder, Retired High School English Teacher. Jerome Burg spent 38 years as a high-school English teacher. M.A. in Education, specializing in Educational Technology. He is a popular conference and workshop presenter, is both an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher; co-author of Bookmapping: Lit Trips and Beyond. See Developer Bio and GLT Global ED for more information.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir's choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had. – Goodreads

JeromeBurg
Educator Developer Jerome Burg
Google Lit Trips Founder, Retired High School English Teacher. Jerome Burg spent 38 years as a high-school English teacher. M.A. in Education, specializing in Educational Technology. He is a popular conference and workshop presenter, is both an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher; co-author of Bookmapping: Lit Trips and Beyond. See Developer Bio and GLT Global ED for more information.

The Odyssey by Homer
The Odyssey

"The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey through life. In the myths and legends that are retold here, renowned translator Robert Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom and given us an Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. This is an Odyssey to delight both the classicist and the general reader, and to captivate a new generation of Homer's students." – Goodreads

Matthew Hart
Educator Developer Matthew Hart
Vice Principal, Joe Michell K–8 School, Livermore, CA. Matthew Hart has a Master's Degree in English Literature, specialized in 20th Century American and English Literature, and wrote his master's thesis on Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. Matthew has presented at multiple educational conferences, and was named a Rotary Club Outstanding Educator in 2012.


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston    (STUDENT CREATED)
Their Eyes Were Watching God

"One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston's beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose. A true literary wonder, Hurston's masterwork remains as relevant and affecting today as when it was first published—perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature." Goodreads

Holly Butora Created by AP English Students for Educator Developer Gregory Greenleaf
Educator Developer Gregory Greenleaf and his AP English Students, Greely High School Cumberland, ME. I have been teaching for many years, mostly in Maine, and really love my job. Besides working with high school students, I enjoy the many ways teaching requires me to be creative and use my imagination. Every day is different and each year allows me to develop my material a little more. Besides teaching, I enjoy hanging out with my three daughters, gardening with my lovely wife, and going on hikes with my chocolate lab.


Things That Must Not Be Forgotten by Michael David Kwan
Things That Must Not Be Forgotten

"Award-winning memoir that describes the childhood of Kwan, a young boy living in Beijing in the 1930s. Abandoned by his Swiss mother and overwhelmed by his father, Kwan's life is thrown into turmoil when the Japanese invade." – Goodreads

MichaelDavidKwan This unique Lit Trip for Michael David Kwan's memoir, Things That Must Not Be Forgotten was developed by the author's son Nick Kwan. Nick Kwan blends elements of his father's book with his own discoveries about his family as he searched for the world his father grew up in as a child in China.

Nick Kwan
Educator Developer Nick Kwan
HS Technology Coach & Head of Department, Computer Science Teacher & Examiner, The American School of Warsaw in Poland
Nick Kwan is a father, husband, cook and international educator. Born in Vancouver, Canada, he witnessed the city change over the years into the diverse, ethnic mixing pot that it is today. As a teacher of computer science and technology, he has had the privilege of living and working in the greater Vancouver area, Istanbul, Beijing and Warsaw. Exploring the world through his camera lens is a simple passion which he likes to indulge in whenever possible. Nick has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished Educator (Asia class of 2007) and Google Certified Teacher (GTA SWE13) for his work in educational technology. "I believe that Lit Trips provide a unique enhancement and richness through the integration of technology in the reading process. Just like eBooks provide a different reading experience, GLTs take the reader on a deeper, interactive journey."

WWII Locations: Farewell to Manzanar, Hiroshima, and Night    (STUDENT CREATED)
Farewell to ManzanarHiroshimaNight

What a great concept for a Google Lit Trips project! Bringing together Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston; Hiroshima by John Hersey; and Night by Elie Wiesel, in a single Lit Trip file. This class project had students creating Lit Trips for three different literary works centered on World War II. From the Pacific and the European fronts, to the controversial relocation of Japanese-Americans in the United States, students immersed themselves in the many facets of the war's impact. (All three are bundled in a single download.)

KadenaSchool
Student Contributors: Honors World Literature and History 10 Students






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