10th Grade literature as recommended by Common Core

Dreaming-in-Cuban“Hugo and Felicia stripped in their room, dissolving easily into one another, and made love against the whitewashed walls. Hugo bit Felicia’s breast and left purplish bands of bruises on her upper thighs. He knelt before her in the tub and massaged black Spanish soap between her legs. He entered her repeatedly from behind.

“Felicia learned what pleased him. She tied his arms above his head with their underclothing and slapping him sharply when he asked.

“‘You’re my bitch,’” Hugo said, groaning.

“In the morning he left, promising to return in the summer.”

Required reading for all 10th graders in Sierra Vista Arizona – in fact, students were required to read this particular passage aloud, in class.  Well after all, it’s a National Book Award finalist.

(Now pulled from the curriculum at this particular high school, it remains on the national Core Curriculum recommended list).


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38 responses to “10th Grade literature as recommended by Common Core

  1. Babylon Sister

    Brave New World! In many ways, Huxley was a prophetic author.

    It’s reassuring to me that people in this country can still look at this and say “WTF”

    It’s no wonder only 25% of kids graduating high school these days can score high enough on the ACT to qualify as “prepared for college-level academic work”. But at least they know how to put a condom on a banana. Pretty pathetic.

  2. Cobra

    Hugo = Obozo
    Felicia = Libtards

  3. Accolay

    Never took you for a prude.

    • Nope, I’m not, but when I was in 10th Grade, required reading was Thomas Wolfe, Faulkner, and Shakespeare, just to name a few authors – we read the porn on our own. It’s the message being sent by authority when it forces children to read and recite porn that bothers me. That, and the fact that if they’re reading this crap, they aren’t reading Shakespeare – that’s a loss, for them and, ultimately, society.

  4. Walt

    Dude –
    William Shakespeare blows. His writing is painful. Your prose puts him to shame. That is how bad he is. ADMIT IT YOU SNOB!!

    There is nothing wrong with reading erotica in the 10th grade. It helps the little jerk off artists hold their interest.

    Ms. Lavender, her of perky breasts and bubble ass, taught me how to write erotica in the 9th grade. I am forever indebted to her, and still send her dirty notes.

    The common mistakes these sexed up, hormone raging teens make when writing erotica is too many adjectives. I think they pop a boner over every one. As George Orwell once said, “Never use a long word where a short one will do.” You obviously never read Orwell. Or Hemingway, you long winded, adjective loving heathen hack.

    So this hack wrote this:
    “Hugo and Felicia stripped in their room, dissolving easily into one another, and made love against the whitewashed walls. Hugo bit Felicia’s breast and left purplish bands of bruises on her upper thighs. He knelt before her in the tub and massaged black Spanish soap between her legs. He entered her repeatedly from behind.”

    What he should have wrote was this:
    “Hugo tapped that ass against the wall. He fondled her fun bags, and went for a muff dive. He soaped her up, and slid his baloney pony in the rear exit.”

    Simple and elegant. Not to wordy. In terms the teen age jerk off artists can relate to.

    Is there any money in writing school books, Dude? How about “Greenwich Horn Dogs”?

    Let me punch out a treatment and get you a draft.
    Your Pal,

  5. Greenwich Gal

    Hmmmm. I do believe there is quite of bit of crazy going on in Faulkner. Philip Roth. Wolfe too. Sex, masturbation, incest….
    I’m a Lit major – and all for it.

    • Anonymous

      the sex or the mast.

    • Inagua

      GG – I’m against it because it robs kids of the joy of discovery. I can vividly remember being in tenth grade and getting more and more involved in sex. I recall kissing breasts but never even considered the possibiity that a guy could have “bit Felicia’s breast and left purplish bands of bruises on her upper thighs.” Did you have that kind of sex at 15 or 16? I sure didn’t. Never did, in fact. I would not have known what the author was describing when he wrote, “He entered her repeatedly from behind.” I always did it face to face. It never occured to me (at 16) that people did it like animals. Finally, the bit about “Felicia learned what pleased him,” is frankly sexist. It is not the girl’s job to please the guy; the guy should feel lucky to be in her pants, and he should try to please her. Guys always get off; girls less so.

  6. burningmadolf

    1. It doesn’t matter because most kids probably can’t read.
    2. Pornhub, Youporn, et al are wayyyyyyy worse (or better, as the case may be) and available at home as soon as the kids get out of class.

  7. Anonymous Citizenette

    No f’ing way! This cannot be for real. To make a girl read this in class is ABUSE and invites bullying, not to mention the dangerous hallway congestion caused by the mad rush to the boys room afterwards by students and teachers alike to “relieve” themselves. Gross.

  8. Peg

    Once in a while, I learn something that makes me less sad that I never had kids. Thanks, Christopher; you achieved that goal today!

  9. Al Dente

    Peg, that passage made me stiff as an uncooked rigatoni, so if you want kids, we could meet at the Hyatt later.

  10. Anonymous

    This thread is so much more fun than speculating how Tesei pays his bills.

  11. Walt

    Dude –
    Have you been watching “Breaking Bad”? It may be the best written show I have ever seen on television. Watch it, BITCH!!

    We can do a rip off. Based in Greenwich, about the sleazy underbelly of Greenwich Real Estate. You can be the lead character. A hapless, dimwitted, ne’er do well, who goes to the dark side. What does ne’er mean Dude? And can you shave your head?

    Anyhows, I will be your trusted side kick, who tries to keep you on the straight and narrow. BITCH!! You run into issues with the Russian mob, Hedge Fund Honcho’s and basically piss off the entire town. So it’s based on real life!! No acting required!!

    We need a sleaze ball character. How about Francis or Lee? BITCH!!
    Your Pal,

  12. Gnawbone

    Dreaming in Cuban is actually on the 11th grade recommended reading list, leading me to guess that the teacher who made this assignment to his or her 10th grade students (and required the passage to be read out loud) is at best a first class jerk, or at worst an actual sexual predator. I hope someone is investigating him/her.

  13. Anonymous

    Brought to you by the same people who formulated “Everyday Math,” U of Chicago social justice Marxists. Think Bill Ayers and the affirmative action mulatto for whom he ghost wrote an “autobiography.”

  14. Greenwich Gal

    Granted – this is a “purple” passage for sure. And there are other more worthwhile things to read, make no mistake. However, when I was a teenager I read whatever I wanted to read as long as it wasn’t hard core pornography. My parents were highly educated and believed in “open books” – no matter what they were and for the most part, I do too.
    I read Anias Nin as a 15 year old. I was titillated for sure. But I also learned much about the human experience, sexuality and art. And sex is as differnet and individual as the person experiencing and reading about it. I just don’t get trying to hide it, I guess, even if it is not exactly to our liking. So, Inagua – what you disliked about that passage made it even more realisitc and interesting. Literature lets us walk in someone else’s shoes – we take a visit in another human mind. It teaches us about ourselves, about humanity – and ultimately makes us better people. It is the human condition.

    • Peg

      Greenwich Gal – I read Lady Chatterly’s Lover in 4th grade and found my mom’s porn stash when I was about 11. Sure I was not the only pre-teenager to do so. A world of difference, however, in doing THAT versus having your teacher deliver anal sex passages, along with biting and bruising. (Again, each to his own – but – not in early high school, please.)

      As for everyone’s kids – I still wish I’d had ’em. Nevertheless, believe me, I’ve seen enough over the years to know that it ain’t all kissy baby photos all the time!

      Al; which Hyatt is it?

  15. Greenwich Gal

    Well I agree having to read it aloud in class is not appropriate but I am not against the basic idea of literature being taught in school with sexual themes. We would never get to Shakespeare or Anne Frank. One idiot teacher should not be able to derail a curriculum.

  16. Inagua

    GG – You and I are at cross purposes here. You are defending literature, and I am advocating for the joy of sexual discovery.

    I think it is much more fun and exciting for kids to explore sex when neither kid has any idea what they are doing. Maybe I am biased, but that was my experience, and I loved it. Biting breasts, bruisimg thighs, bondage, entering from behind — all of this would have been confusing and bizarre to me (and I think my girlfriends) at 16. Certainly, none of my same-age girlfriends ever indicated any knowledge or interest in such activities.

    My point is that teaching or reading about advanced sexual practices at an early age can spoil the joy of sexual discovery.

    Did you have your breasts bitten or thighs bruised at 16? Tie up a guy with undergarments? Want your 16-year daughter to learn of these practices from an assigned reading book?

  17. Common Core missed an opportunity with this “book”:

  18. Greenwich Gal

    OK -Inagua. I thought the whole point of this post was literary and the defense or in some cases the criticism of sexually tinged reading material. I get where you are coming from and wow – I guess I am somewhat surprised by your post as I have always understood you to be a serious, conservative type… (giggle)
    And boy do I want my kids to read about it before doing it. I want them to read a recipe before trying to bake a cake, too. There is a better chance of success.
    As for me – There are so many places I have been in my head but dare not go in real life. And keeping it that way!

  19. Gnawbone

    Henry David Thoreau once said, “Read the best books first or you may never have a chance to read them at all.” The Common Core reading lists misses the mark on so many levels as it sacrifices so much of its potential for political correctness and diversity worship. In its attempt to help students understand the “feelings” and “perspectives” of others and other cultures, and equating them all as of equal value, it fails to help them understand the ideas and philosophies that shaped their own.

  20. Balzac

    “Read the best books first or you may never have a chance to read them at all.” This is brilliant. It shows that the book-list-creating emperor has no clothes. Want a reading list for 10th graders or 40 year olds? Start with the Pulitzer winners. http://www.pulitzer.org/bycat

    You won’t have time to read crap like “Hugo and Felicia stripped……”

  21. AJ

    The book has no Pirate on the cover; how could it even be worth looking at let alone reading?

  22. Yos the Hedonist

    Cr@p indeed! I had thought that the point of literature, and of Art in general, was to remind us of those things beautiful, those things universal and true, those things in Creation that inspire. Descriptions of sex can achieve these things, so why not? But…

    As Balzac pointed out “Hugo and Felicia stripped……” isn’t exactly awesome. It sounds “common” and rather banally “core.” “He entered her repeatedly from behind.” Ack!! Surely something out there exists in literature’s depiction of sex that transcends?

    Even Boccaccio’s Decameron would be preferable. The Bible has a few ribald tales that work despite it’s use of the phrase “You’re my bitch” – or is that banned because it might morally corrupt our kids?

    Great, sexy books? Suggestions welcome!