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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $35.00
  • September 2016
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-26509-5
  • 896 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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Uncharted Territory

A High School Reader

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Jim Burke (Author, Burlingame High School)

 

Uncharted Territory is a unique first-edition reader keyed to the challenges, uncertainties, and decisions that all high school students face.

Created by Jim Burke, a master teacher with over twenty years of high school teaching experience and bestselling author of numerous professional books, this reader helps students envision identities and possibilities outside of the classroom while balancing new freedoms with new responsibilities after graduation. Its eight units engage students in discussions and activities about education, credo, power, relationships, identity, freedom, decisions, and success. Designed to be used alone or in conjunction with longer works of fiction and nonfiction, Uncharted Territory features opportunities throughout the book and teaching package to link to popular and canonical texts, such as Walden, Hamlet, and Frankenstein.

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A THEMATIC APPROACH

Uncharted Territory features eight thematic units aligned with the experiences, essential literacies, and big ideas common to a range of junior and senior English courses: education, credo, power, relationships, identity, freedom, decisions, and success. Each of the eight units begins with a thematic introduction that presents students with the essential questions of the unit. From there, students are provided with a variety of fiction and nonfiction pieces related to the topic. The thematic units as well as the suggested writing assignments specifically link to popular and canonical texts taught to juniors and seniors, such as King Lear, The Great Gatsby, and A Room of One’s Own

A DIVERSE COLLECTION OF TEXTS THAT PRIORITIZE NONFICTION

Uncharted Territory features a diverse collection of fiction and nonfiction that touches on important topics like culture, race, experience, and perspective, all of which have been chosen for their capacity to challenge students from all backgrounds and viewpoints. A focus on nonfiction allows students to develop and improve the critical reading and writing skills they need to succeed in class, on exams such as the SAT or ACT, and in college or other post-secondary contexts. 

PEDAGOGY THAT SUPPORTS STUDENTS

Throughout the book, you’ll find features designed to support and engage students when they discuss and write about these texts. Each unit begins with essential questions and concludes with writing assignments as well as research paper and project suggestions. Biographical information about each author is provided, and each text is also followed by three sets of questions: “Navigating the Waters” questions encourage students to read closely, “Exploring the Depths” questions explore rhetorical stategies and structures, and “Sharing What You Discover” questions encourage student discussion and writing.  

TOOLS FOR TEACHERS

Suggestions on how to pair the units and texts in Uncharted Territory with classic and contemporary novels and plays allow for maximum flexibility in the classroom, making this brief, inexpensive reader the perfect choice to either anchor or supplement your class. Moreover, an Instructor’s Manual and Blog provide ongoing support for discussion and writing assignments as well as links to other works and digital resources that extend and enrich the material available in the text. 

AN UNBEATABLE VALUE

At 800 pages and $35 for the print version, Uncharted Territory can easily serve as a core or supplemental text. It is the perfect reader to pair with the novels and other readings you already assign, or you can package it with any of Norton’s Language Arts offerings—including our bestselling rhetoric, “They Say / I Say”—for a discount! 

    Unit 1: Education

    A Personal Prologue, JIM BURKE
    Coming into Language, JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA
    We Real Cool, GWENDOLYN BROOKS
    Theme for English B, LANGSTON HUGHES
    Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail, ANGEL B. PÉREZ
    How to Succeed, PAUL TOUGH
    The Mindsets, CAROL S. DWECK
    Two Mindsets, NIGEL HOLMES
    from My Beloved World, SONIA SOTOMAYOR
    Median Earnings by Education, UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU
    Speech at the Youth Takeover of the United Nations, MALALA YOUSAFZAI

    See Also In Other Units
    The Convocation, MARJANE SATRAPI
    Demeter’s Prayer to Hades, RITA DOVE
    Danger of A Single Story, CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE
    Lost, WES MOORE
    Mother Tongue, AMY TAN
    Saturday at the Canal, GARY SOTO
    A Breakthrough, FRANCISCO JIMENEZ
    He’s Got Success on the Brain, CURT SCHLEIER
    A Jamaican Story, MALCOLM GLADWELL
    The Element, KEN ROBINSON


    Unit 2: Credo


    Wild Geese, MARY OLIVER
    The Humility Code, DAVID BROOKS
    Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, HENRY DAVID THOREAU
    The Alaska Interior, JON KRAKAUER
    The Convocation, MARJANE SATRAPI
    Birdfoot’s Grampa, JOSEPH BRUCHAC
    Lives Worth Living in a Secular Age, HUBERT DREYFUS AND SEAN DORRANCE KELLY
    A Collection of Memes
    A Better Life, KATE ELLIS AND ELLEN GUETTLER
    Demeter’s Prayer to Hades, RITA DOVE

    See Also In Other Units
    A Personal Prologue, JIM BURKE
    from The Prince, NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI
    On the Rainy River, TIM O’BRIEN
    Road Not Taken, ROBERT FROST
    Doing the Right Thing, MICHAEL SANDEL
    from Our Declaration, DANIELLE ALLEN
    Declaration of Independence, THOMAS JEFFERSON
    Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, ELIZABETH CADY STANTON
    Still I Rise, MAYA ANGELOU
    Plan for Attaining Moral Perfection, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


    Unit 3: Power


    The Danger of a Single Story, CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE
    For the Love of Pretty Things, ROBERT R. JOHNSON
    Power, ADRIENNE RICH
    Graffiti, JULIO CORTÁZAR
    He’s at the End of the Rope Now, ARTHUR SZYK
    Ink and Blood, ARTHUR SZYK
    The Psychology of Evil, PHILIP ZIMBARDO
    from The Prince, NICCOLÒ MACHIAVELLI
    The Bill of Rights, JAMES MADISON
    The Terror, JUNOT DÍAZ
    Dear John Wayne, LOUISE ERDRICH
    from Quiet, SUSAN CAIN

    See Also In Other Units
    Coming into Language, JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA
    Speech at the Youth Takeover of the United Nations, MALALA YOUSAFZAI
    The Convocation, MARJANE SATRAPI
    from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, REBECCA SKLOOT
    Shooting an Elephant, GEORGE ORWELL
    The Matrix in Me, BROOKE GLADSTONE
    Korematsu v. United States, SUPREME COURT
    Just Walk on By, BRENT STAPLES
    Emancipation Proclamation, ABRAHAM LINCOLN
    from Twelve Years a Slave, SOLOMON NORTHRUP


    Unit 4: Relationships


    from The App Generation, HOWARD GARDNER AND KATIE DAVIS
    The Facebook Sonnet, SHERMAN ALEXIE
    Narcissus, CARAVAGGIO
    Coming Home Again, CHANG-RAE LEE
    The Deck, YOSEF KOMUNYAKAA
    A Rose for Emily, WILLIAM FAULKNER
    Guilty As Not Charged, DARIN STRAUSS
    from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, REBECCA SKLOOT
    from The Sixth Extinction, ELIZABETH KOLBERT

    See Also In Other Units
    The Humility Code, DAVID BROOKS
    Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, HENRY DAVID THOREAU
    Birdfoot’s Grampa, JOSEPH BRUCHAC
    The Terror JUNOT DÍAZ
    The Pomegranate, EAVAN BOLAND
    Relations, EULA BISS
    Digging, SEAMUS HEANEY
    The Story of an Hour, KATE CHOPIN
    The Rocking-Horse Winner, D. H. LAWRENCE
    from Coach, MICHAEL LEWIS


    Unit 5: Decisions

    On the Rainy River, TIM O’BRIEN
    The Road Not Taken, ROBERT FROST
    The Pomegranate, EAVAN BOLAND
    Lost, WES MOORE
    Shooting an Elephant, GEORGE ORWELL
    The Matrix in Me, BROOKE GLADSTONE
    Oh, The Choices You’ll Make!, SHEENA IYENGAR
    Doing the Right Thing, MICHAEL SANDEL
    Korematsu v. United States, SUPREME COURT

    See Also In Other Units
    Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail, ANGEL B. PÉ
REZ
    How to Succeed, PAUL TOUGH
    The Mindsets, CAROL S. DWECK
    from My Beloved World, SONIA SOTOMAYOR
    Speech at the Youth Takeover of the United Nations, MALALA YOUSAFZAI
    The Alaska Interior, JON KRAKAUER
    The Psychology of Evil, PHILIP ZIMBARDO
    Fire on the 57 Bus, DASHKA SLATER
    Under the Influence, TED GREENWALD
    A Jamaican Story, MALCOLM GLADWELL
    A Breakthrough, FRANCISCO JIMENEZ


    Unit 6: Identity


    Relations, EULA BISS
    The Fire on the 57 Bus, DASHKA SLATER
    Two Worlds, PAT MORA
    Digging, SEAMUS HEANEY
    The Myth of the Latin Woman, JUDITH ORTIZ COFER
    Just Walk on By, BRENT STAPLES
    Beauty, ALICE WALKER
    Mother Tongue, AMY TAN
    from Alice in Wonderland, LEWIS CARROLL


    See Also In Other Units
    Coming into Language, JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA
    Theme for English B, LANGSTON HUGHES
    from My Beloved World, SONIA SOTOMAYOR
    The Terror, JUNOT DÍAZ
    Dear John Wayne, LOUISE ERDRICH
    Narcissus, CARAVAGGIO
    Coming Home Again, CHANG-RAE LEE
    from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, REBECCA SKLOOT
    Lost, WES MOORE
    Still I Rise, MAYA ANGELOU
    The Element, KEN ROBINSON


    Unit 7: Freedom


    from Our Declaration, DANIELLE ALLEN
    Declaration of Independence, THOMAS JEFFERSON
    Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, ELIZABETH CADY STANTON
    The Story of an Hour, KATE CHOPIN
    Emancipation Proclamation, ABRAHAM LINCOLN
    from Twelve Years a Slave, SOLOMON NORTHUP
    Still I Rise, MAYA ANGELOU
    Privacy of Place, LORI ANDREWS
    Under the Influence, TED GREENWALD
    Saturday at the Canal, GARY SOTO

    See Also In Other Units
    Speech at the Youth Takeover of the United Nations, MALALA YOUSAFZAI
    The Alaska Interior, JON KRAKAUER
    The Convocation, MARJANE SATRAPI
    Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, HENRY DAVID THOREAU
    Graffiti, JULIO CORTÁZAR
    The Bill of Rights, JAMES MADISON
    Guilty as not Charged, DARIN STRAUSS
    On the Rainy River, TIM O’BRIEN
    Korematsu v. United States, SUPREME COURT
    Just Walk on By, SPACE BRENT STAPLES


    Unit 8: Success

    The Tortoise and the Hype, CARLIN FLORA
    A Breakthrough, FRANCISCO JIMENEZ
    He’s Got Success on the Brain, CURT SCHLEIER
    A Jamaican Story, MALCOLM GLADWELL
    The Rocking-Horse Winner, D. H. LAWRENCE
    The Element, KEN ROBINSON
    from Coach, MICHAEL LEWIS
    Plan for Attaining Moral Perfection, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
    Success Is Counted Sweetest, EMILY DICKINSON

    See Also In Other Units
    A Personal Prologue, JIM BURKE
    Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail, ANGEL B. PÉ
REZ
    How to Succeed, PAUL TOUGH
    The Mindsets, CAROL S. DWECK
    Median Earnings by Education, U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
    The Humility Code, DAVID BROOKS
    A Better Life, KATE ELLIS AND ELLEN GUETTLER
    Quiet, SUSAN CAIN
    The Road Not Taken, ROBERT FROST
    Lost, WES MOORE

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