We don’t have a choice, our D.O. dictates the selections at each grade level from sixth grade through twelfth. We are supposed to teach two core novels each year. We have a list of preselected offerings to choose from.
The first year I taught I did not know that, so I used Macbeth with my seventh grade classes. Since we are supposed to cover Shakespeare in social studies, I thought it would be nice to have a connecting work in language arts. I nearly had my head ripped off two years later when my former students entered high school. There were “cease and desist” emails from the district. I honestly didn’t know the lay of the land, so check with your D.O. resource teacher for English.