So I’m trying out a new writing portfolio with my students this year (high school). It’s creative in nature and largely done outside of class throughout the semester.

I’m putting together a list of “Recommended Reading” of fiction and non-fiction articles, memoir pieces, features-type writing, poetry...pretty much anything that’s shorter than a short story that they could peruse on their own time if they are so inspired or inclined to help them with their own writing.

What would be on your recommended list, both for content and beauty of prose? Links are appreciated! As for the appropriateness of content, as long as it’s not sex-focused, I’m pretty comfortable with putting it on the list.