Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Suggestions, Please

So I'm trying to brainstorm as many books as I can think of to teach next year. In the end I'll probably narrow it down to 5 or 6 at most (there'll be a lot of other reading selections as well from an anthology) but I want to hear from you: What did you love reading in high school? What did you absolutely hate? What do you wish you had read? Here are some ideas I've come up with after just thinking about it for five minutes. Critique this list, if you want, and please please please give me some more suggestions. This is the brainstorming stage so anything legit has a shot. (PS - The *-ed items have already been assigned as summer reading, so they are for sure. But I still want 5 or 6 more to teach throughout the year.)

World Literature (10th grade)

*Night – Weisel
*Joy Luck Club ­– Amy Tan
All Quiet on the Western Front – Remarque
House of Spirits - Isabelle Allende
Haroun and the Sea of Stories Salman Rushdie
The Promise – Chaim Potek

American Literature (11th grade)

*Huckleberry Finn – Twain
*The Catcher in the Rye - Salinger
The Scarlet Letter
The Crucible - Miller
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Hurston
The Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald
A Farewell to Arms - Hemingway
Turn of the Screw – Henry James

British Literature (12th grade)

*Frankenstein – Shelley
*The Importance of Being Ernest – Wilde
Hamlet/Macbeth/Othello/Midsummer/Much Ado – Shakespeare
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
1984 – George Orwell
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Great Expectations/ etc. ­­– Charles Dickens
Jekyll and Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

Relive those high school glory days and help me out!

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