This week’s question:
Back to school.
Create a reading list for the imaginary English Lit class you’ll be teaching this semester.
It’s hard to make a list because I’ve read wonderful books from elementary school on up and a lot of those are must reads. If I made a list of the books I feel like everyone SHOULD read that I also read, I’d have too many for just one class. And then you have poetry, plays, and short stories that are equally important.
I love how my English classes had certain blocks of related material. My list will be blocks of topics and a couple examples of literature that fit the categories.
Edgar Allan Poe and other Gothic Tales
Witch Hunts, Racism, Civil Rights, Slavery, The Holocaust, and other important historical moments and the literature that represents them and the attitudes.
I had an identity block in Senior AP English. It was my favorite. We read so many thought provoking books, poems, and short stories.
Even though it’s not nearly as important to our culture to expose people to the “dangers of communism” like it was to our society decades ago, this is an important area of study to me. These books are so eye opening.
Important Issues Involving Teens
These books have issues that teens understand, may have dealt with, and are written in ways that make them understandable and relatable.
Anything by Shakespeare. I’m not a huge fan, but I’m glad I studied his works and I do think it is important to do so.
I’m missing a ton of great subjects and specific titles. There are so many books that NEED to be read and understood, but I think I could do a lot with these titles and areas of study. These books are all written in different ways, so a lot about style, tone, etc can be wrapped up into all of these.
What kind of books would you put on your list?
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