This week's activity:
Back to School! Create a reading list for the imaginary English Lit class you’ll be teaching this semester.
Well, I'm not quite sure how many books a class reads in a semester. Its been a while since I've taken an English Lit class, and since I went to a Business & Tech college, we were only required to take writing classes, no lit classes. Last one I had was in high school, around 6 years ago, haha.
So, with that said, lets assume I'm teaching a high school English class:
1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Besides being a beautiful story of love, life and redemption, its very informative and interesting about Afghanistan (and U.S.) history.
2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Its John Steinbeck. 'Nuff said. Plus, the movie makes me boo-hoo, imagine the book.
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My fiance actually had to read this in his freshman English class before, and its not something he would've normally thought to pick up, but he ended up enjoying it a lot. Now, he didnt go read the other two, but he's willing to see the movies with me. :) Besides that, its epic. Again, 'nuff said.
4. Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare
I hold Romeo and Juliet dear to my heart. My favorite-est English teacher (he'd kill me for saying favorite-est), Mr. Erik Perez, may he one day read this and know he is amazing, introduced me to Shakespeare in the 9th grade and though I haven't read a lot of his works, I've read this one several times, once in school, a few times on my own, and it never gets old. It is a must!
5. Othello, Shakespeare
I didn't read this one with Mr. P, but he is the reason I decided to pick it up many years later and I think I loved this one even more than R&J. Watching the movie "O" doesnt count (though thats a crazy movie!!), it is a must read. I tried Julius Caesar, in case you were wondering, and didn't love it. Like I said, I'm not a Shakespeare pro, just scratching the surface on it and finding what I love, like this book!
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
I'd love to say they should read them all (and they should), but the "school year" is only so long, and there are many more things to read. I expect them all to read the rest of the series on their own, though! :)
7. The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
LOVE LOVE LOVE Edgar Allan Poe. Another big thanks to Mr. P! The Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Black Cat, Annabel Lee, The Raven. Must I go on? I mean, I wouldnt make my students read the whole thing, but I think we'd be studying the ones I just mentioned at the very least.
Only seven books, leaves plenty of time for quizzes and essays! What books would you have on your reading list if you were teaching an English Lit class?
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