Monday, June 23, 2014
Making Up For Monday: English Class
It's time for Making Up For Monday!
This week's question: If you were a high school English teacher, what five books would you put on your reading list?
I squeal with glee on this topic because I would LOVE to teach English to high school students! I feel like you can either make or break readers in high school. I would want the students to discover not only the joy of reading, but the variety. So here are my choices:
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This book was in my high school curriculum and I fell in love. I love the characters and the depth of the situations that she covered. While the main story is about a trial, Atticus teaches his kids so much more through their interactions with neighbors and schoolmates. It's a wonderful tale and I would have it at the top of my list.
3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: The tale of kid who thought he knew everything, only to learn that the world was filled with things he didn't understand and that he had a long way to go is a perfect book for a bunch of "invincible" teenagers to read.
4. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut: You are taught at a young age that stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Vonnegut proves that that doesn't mean your story has to be in chronological order. Slaughterhouse Five doesn't fit into a specific category, at least not perfectly. Vonnegut didn't follow the rules when he wrote this, something I think every writer should know. The rules are more like guidelines. :)
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Speaking of books not going the way they should, this book is a perfect example of writing complex characters, who aren't exactly the most honorable and guiding the story for such characters.
Ok, your turn....what would you put on you syllabus.