Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s topic is:
Books I’d Gladly Throw in the Ocean
I taught high school English for seventeen years. Because of curricular requirements, I had to teach many books that I did not enjoy, which proved challenging. I mean, how do you get students to love literature, when you have to teach literature that you don’t love? It’s a conundrum! So for this post, I’m going to focus on books I hated teaching and would gladly throw in the ocean.
That’s not to say I hate these books.
Who am I kidding? I hated these books. They are tedious reads, and they did not resonate with high school students.
I actually joined the English/Language Arts curriculum committee in my district in the hopes of changing some of the reading requirements. lol I wanted more diversity and more modern literature. Though some changes were made, in my opinion, they weren’t enough. So, I often bought my own copies of books that I thought my students might like. Take that, administration!!! 🙂
Let’s take a look at some of the literature I hated teaching:
Books I Enjoyed Teaching:
To leave off on a positive note, I included some books, plays, and poems that I enjoyed teaching. In order to teach many of these books, I bought my own classroom sets. One year, my colleague and I bought 30 copies of each book in The Hunger Games trilogy, and we taught the whole trilogy to our students.
Best teaching year ever!!! lol
I’d love to hear your thoughts:
Were you required to read any of these in school? Did you enjoy them? Which books did you hate reading for school? Which did you love? If you could recommend books for a high school English class, which books would you choose? Comment below!