Materials that will help in preparing for the reading section of SAT :
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Suggested Reading
New York Times, (particularly the Science section)
Scientific American ,
National Geographic,
Time Magazine,
Smithsonian Magazine,
The Atlantic Monthly,

For links to many additional resources, Arts & Letters Daily:
Historical Documents, Sources: :

Also see: Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russell Durst: Tiley Say/I Say: The Moves that
Matter in Academic Writing, 2nd Edition.
New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2009.

Fiction, suggested authors: Julia Alvarez, Jane Austen, Charlotte/ Anne Bronte, Michael
Chabon, Charles Dickens, Jhumpa Lahiri, Toni Morrison, George Orwell, Edith Wharton

Science and Social Science Authors: Daniel Kahneman, Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant,
Daniel Levitin, Brian Greene, Stephen Hawking, Lisa Randall

Note: If you are seeking additional resources for graphic-based questions, you may want to
work with Science sections from released ACTs. Although somewhat more challenging than
SAT data analysis questions overall, they nevertheless require many of the same skills tested
on the SAT. In addition to the tests in 77ze Official ACT Prep Guide, several more authentic
exams are available online.

Key Historical Movements and Figures:

The Revolutionary Period: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Alexander
The Abolitionist Movement: Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Herny Ward
Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe
Transcendentalism: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau
The Civil War: Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglass, Daniel Webster
The Women's Rights Movement: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott,
Angelina and Sarah Grimke (also active in the Abolitionist Movement)
The Progressive Movement and Muckrakers: Upton Sinclair, Jane Addams, Ida Tarbell,
Jacob Riis, WEB DuBois, Booker T. Washington
World Wars I and II: Woodrow Wilson (WWI), Franklin D. Roosevelt (WWII)
The Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Fannie Lou Hamer, John F.

Some Important Passage Readings:

  1. Structure of the Government (Democracy Vs. Older Forms)
    Example: Official SAT Test 4, Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine
    Suggested Readings:
    a) Edmund Burke "Reflections on the Revolution in France" -
    b) Thomas Paine "Common Sense" - ,
    "The Rights of Man" -,
    "Age of Reason" -
  2. Injustice (Slavery, racial/gender discrimination, economic suffering) + Response to injustice (new legislation, civil disobedience)
    Example: Official SAT Test 2, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Official SAT Test 3, Mary Wollstonecraft
    Suggested Readings:
    a) Elizabeth Stanton "History of Woman Suffrage" -
    b) Mary Wollstonecraft "A vindication of the rights of men, in a letter to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke" -
    c) Mary Wollstonecraft "Maria The Wrongs of Woman" -
  3. Questions of Historical Progress and Reform. Rethink "Abolition of Slavery" or Women's Rights
    Example: Official SAT Test 1, Virginia Woolf + PSAT, Frederick Douglas
    Suggested Readings:
    a) Catherine Beecher "An Essay on Slavery and Abolitionism"
    b) Angelina Grimke " Letters to Catherine E. Beecher" -
  4. Political, Economic, Cultural, Moral Attributes of the US
    Example: Official SAT Test 6, Abe Lincoln and Henry David Thoreau
    Suggested Readings:
    a) Abe Lincoln Writings
    b) Henry David Thoreau "Civil Disobedience"
    c) Alexis de Tocqueville "Democracy in America"
  5. Founding Papers + Ideologies
    Example: Official SAT Test 8, Abe Lincoln and Stephen Douglas
    Suggested Readings:
    a) Abe Lincoln
    b) The Declaration of Independence

Some books to read:

Book Author The Plot in 3 Words Book
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austin British romantic comedy 1797
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte Passionate love story 1847
The Awakening Kate Chopin Wife finds freedom 1899
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane Civil War fear 1895
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes A madman’s adventure 1605
The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas Historical French adventure 1844
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Rags to riches 1925
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Rags to riches 1925
Lord of the Flies William Golding Deserted island boys 1954
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne Punishment for adultery 1850
Catch-22 Joseph Heller WWII satire 1961
Brave New World Aldous Huxley Year 2540 utopia 1932
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka Man becomes insect 1915
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Deep South prejudice 1960
The Call of the Wild Jack London Yukon sled dog 1903
Beloved Toni Morrison Effects of slavery 1987
Animal Farm George Orwell Farm animals revolt 1945
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath Young woman’s depression 1963
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger A teenager’s alienation 1951
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck Great Depression sharecroppers 1939
Treasure Island R.L. Stevenson High seas adventure 1883
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe Cruelty of slavery 1852
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain A runaway’s story 1885
Candide Voltaire French adventure satire 1759
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut WWII time travel 1969
The Color Purple Alice Walker Southern women’s difficulties 1982
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde Price of vanity 1890
Native Son Richard Wright Depression-era racism 1940
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