I'm from England and from the looks of it, our required reading is so much different. I've finished school now (long ago actually) but I remember that we didn't have all that many things that we had to read at home and most of our reading material we got on with in class. Anyway, I digress.
Shakespeare was huge, huge feature in my school days! Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Nights Dream were the top three. Unfortunately my middle school didn't seem to communicate with my secondary (high) school, do I ended up having to do Macbeth twice (as well as the Tudors for history, yawn
One of the books we had to read, and it's still one of my favourites, was Of Mice and Men. Others were An Inspector Calls and for drama, The Crucible. Thinking about it, I'm pretty sure we went to theatre to see all of these. I think my teachers wanted us to get a visual to get us to pay attention. It worked, I still distinctly remember the dreamy guy who played Puck and that's going back a good 12 years!