I think it can be nice to switch up the reading list every couple of years or so. Sometimes we are forced to change because of school/district policies, and sometimes we just want to change to keep students (and ourselves) engaged in the curriculum. Today I want to share 5 of my favorite books for the high school classroom so that next time you are approached about changing the book list, you have some place to start. I'd love to hear your suggestions/reasons in the comment section below! I'm also including links and helpful information about the Simply Novel Reading Guides that will get you ready to teach these books in no time! (Simply Novel reading guides are aligned to common core and are available in print and pdf from simplynovel.com. Check out the website for these titles and much more.)
It is the time of year again when we meet in departments to plan out summer reading programs. For me, the words "summer reading" can be a delight and a drain. I work at a school that requires summer reading for college prep and honors English classes at every grade level, which can present some challenges. Even with the struggles, I think that summer reading is a battle worth fighting. If you are interested in some of the scientific benefits of summer reading, click around this site for a bit. Here are my thoughts on putting together a summer reading program that will enhance the curriculum without burning out teachers or students.
We've all had those class periods that seem to drag on with a flat discussion because half the class didn't really read the last night's homework. With all of the shortcuts out there on the internet and sometimes a general apathy that hits teenagers, how do we get them to actually read? Here are some of my ideas and I'd love to hear yours in the comment section below:
I just finished reading an interesting article from the New York Times this morning about helping boys to become "readers" (Boys and Reading, Is There Any Hope?). There is no question that there is a huge output of Young Adult fiction today. In fact, as the article mentions, it seems as if the genre of Young Adult fiction is surpassing the interest in Adult fiction today. This made me think of The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) trilogy. I still cannot get those characters out of my mind. The Hunger Games has moved toward the top of my "all-time" favorites list, for sure.