Top Ten Tuesday - Books That Should Be Required Reading

It's been a while but it's a Tuesday and that means...

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is required reading, or books that should be read in class.

  1. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green. I think this would be a very interesting book to teach with, and not just from an LGBT perspective, even though that is obviously a consideration. The contrasting writing styles are particularly interesting.
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. For GCSE or A-Level history class, this book could really open up discussion. 
  3. The Hunger Games by Susan Collins. Great for looking at parallels with today's society. To be honest, any dystopian future can do this. But also looking at the role of media in the depiction of violence would be interesting dicussion topics.
  4. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral. This could be like a quick lesson on how stories can be told through pictures and art, that picture books are not just for children.
  5. Harry Potter by JK Rowling. But in a foreign language (modern or ancient). Reading something like Harry Potter in another language can ignite an interest in a language that dry textbooks just can't.
  6. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. This has a lot of themes that would make it a perfect book to dissect in literature class.
  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Good for discussing things that affect teenagers, such as anorexia and sexual assault. Also see Sarah Dessen books.
Well, there's my list. Not quite ten but who's really counting...? This was fun and really interesting to think about using these books in class. Unfortunately most of these books I couldn't use in my classroom as I work in a primary school but still, very interesting.

Until next time!

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