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?



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.


  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.


  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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