Making Up For Monday {6/23}

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Today’s question: If you were a high school English teacher, what five books would you put on your reading list?

This question is kind of a hard one for me. I don’t feel like I read enough books that have a deeper meaning and such that can be discussed and taught in a classroom setting. I am also just not very good at picking things and making choices. Other than the good ones that are already being used like To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee .I think some newer works such start to be incorporated in the educational systems that cover more current topics. I guess one that I think would be Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. That is the only one I can think of by name. I know there are some important books about bullying and LGBT matters that I think would be good to start incorporating into high school.

Does anyone have any good ideas (since I am not good at it and failed answering the question)? What books would you put on the reading list?

 

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4 thoughts on “Making Up For Monday {6/23}

  1. As someone who was almost (and still might be one day) an English teacher, I’ve already thought about this question a lot. Personally, most of my choices would be contemporary. I don’t think kids are allowed to read enough contemporary literature, and there’s some really great stuff out there that a lot of teens could relate to that just gets ignored. Here’s my five (in no particular order): Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Holes by Louis Sachar, and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.

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  2. Harry Potter. Because. Probably something like Tease, or books about mental health/weight/self-esteem. Historical fiction like The Book Thief that touch on the history curriculum as I think it makes learning about it more interesting, same with books about the Tudors.

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  3. Exactly! How are kids supposed to be engaged in what they read if they can’t relate to it? I think it’s important for teens especially to be active, engaged, insightful readers, and the best way to develop those skills is to teach contemporary books that pique their interest.

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