Books CPS recommends for 7th grade

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) administration recently asked teachers and administrators to stop using the graphic novel Persepolis in certain grades.


It's not, however, widely known that the use of Persepolis was recommended by CPS to its teachers for teaching literacy in the seventh grade. The document that specifically recommends it: the Seventh Grade Curriculum Map, contained in CPS's Literacy Content Framework Seventh Grade Toolset for the 2012-2013 school year.

Here's a list of the other books the Map recommends, in order of recommended use:

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman
Beyond the Burning Time by Kathryn Lasky
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary by Walter Dean Myers