It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.
I am lucky to be in the positon of being an English teacher, because I do get the opportunity to have a say in what my students read. I do have to choose from a district-approved list when it comes to our core novels, but I get to do fun things like book clubs and read-alouds to expose my students to books that they might connect with a little more.
I really do want to add:
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
I really want to do both of these books with my freshmen. Bullying and general a-holery are such a problem at my school (and in the world), and I would love to read and discuss these two books with my 9th graders, who I think would get the most out of them. At this age, they just have a difficult time really grasping the consequences of their actions, and seeing how the things that they do can impact the people around them and discussing it all in a safe environment could really be a good lesson for them.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I love the gorgeous writing in this book, the tender story, and the historical context is just a bonus. I love that this book give a different view of Nazi Germany. Most of the books about Nazi Germany focus on the experience of the Jews, but I love that this book focuses on a German family and how the time period impacted them. It gives a different view to an important time in history, and it does it in an absolutely gorgeous way. It would be a great discussion on POV as well.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I can't think of a better choice that would get all of the students engaged while discussing complex themes and elements of storytelling. This book would get them learning without them even realizing it. Those are my favorite types of books.
Just in case you're curious, these are the books I currently teach in my classes...
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Excerpts from The Odyssey
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Also short stories and poetry
Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Also short stries and poetry
I like the things I teach, but it would be fun to add in some more modern titles for my kids.
What books would you love to see in the high school curriculum?