Wow! The past few weeks have been really busy and tiring with school starting back up. I didn’t intend to take some time off the blog, but I didn’t plan well and all of a sudden I had a lot going on and no posts planned. And THAT is how the blog gets away from you folks!
But I’m back and I’m working on getting some posts scheduled for the next two months or so. *crosses fingers*
Well, it is time for Top Ten Tuesday (A weekly meme hosted by the lovelies at The Broke and Bookish) and I’m ready to go! There was a bit of a choice for today’s theme. We could either pair up classic school required reading titles with contemporary books, or we could list titles that we wished were taught in schools. I chose the second option since I’m also a school librarian. Sometimes I read a book that I just have to share with my teachers because I know it fits perfectly into their curriculum…this list contains some of those titles.
This is a middle grades level historical fiction novel that would fit really well in an 8th grade American History course. It is all about Little Rock, Arkansas in the year following the integration of the public schools with the Little Rock Nine.
This one is perfect for a high school history course when covering the Holocaust and World War II. It would be so beneficial to see the Jewish Holocaust was not an isolated event, but that this type of thing has happened in other places/eras as well.
I think this one should be taught in English classes all over solely for the beauty of Stiefvater’s prose.
Another 20th Century history topic that gets skipped over frequently in the classroom. It could be taught alongside a 20th century American History course.
This quick read could be taught in a science class to support a unit on weather or natural disasters since it’s all about a boy’s experience in the midst of Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.
A quick but moving story detailing one boy’s story of civil war in Sudan. This could be taught in a World History class.
Floridian science and social studies teachers could use this in the classroom when discussing Florida.
A fabulous read for a Character Development course on the middle school level as it touches on bullying: the bully, the victim and the bystander.
Again, with the 20th century history topics! This one tells the story of an Albanian girl whose family is forced to become refugees while escaping their Serbian oppressors.
This dystopian sci-fi read could be taught in a middle or high school English class as an alternative to the more traditional dystopian titles.
So there you have it! These are some titles that I think would be great titles to teach in a classroom setting. Have any of you educators actually had to opportunity to teach any of these books? Let me know! I’d like to hear your thoughts!