In high school, teens are made to read the classics - Shakespeare, Hawthorne, Bronte, Dickens - but there are a lot of books out there never taught in schools. So if you had the power to change school curriculums, which books would you be sure high school students were required to read?
As a person with an education background, this topic has me rubbing my hands together in glee!!!
Idealistically, literary required readings are there because they contain truths that endure...but it takes an amazing teacher sometimes to convey that message to teens.
So...I propose adding two units to the required curriculum.
First, some Dystopian. The kind that uses features from our present to get readers thinking about our future:
The other unit would be on contemporary relationships...the kinds all teens are dealing with:
Ahhh. What a nice dream...time to wake up now and get back to reality.
What about you? What books do you think should be required reading?