Beautiful. Heart-wrenching. Timeless. These are the words we often use to describe powerful classics. Well, they also describe Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls.
So, you have a teacher in your life. Maybe it’s a family member, a significant other, or maybe you just really want to do something nice for your child’s educator. What you DON’T want to do is hand them something cliche and useless (we teachers really don’t need any more coffee mugs, I promise).
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My Go-to For Reluctant Readers Black and White by Paul Volponi is the cornerstone of my classroom library! It is the first book that I book talk, the book that goes missing without fail every quarter, and the novel that I hand to all of…
When I went to high school, it was easy to spot the honors and AP students. They walked around with classic novels, probably written by old white guys, practically exploding with post-it notes and rainbows from all the highlighting they’ve done within the pages. ....Meanwhile, in the regular class, they watched the Odyssey for the third time.
I am J by Cris Beam does a wonderful job of introducing teen readers to the story of J, a transgendered teen who struggles to accept himself. This novel is simultaneously heart wrenching and hopeful. It is a great read for students who are struggling with their own gender identity or who would like to understand further the struggles of their transgendered peers.
We get so caught up in a curriculum, paperwork, standards, and observations that we often lose the magic of literature; The Hate U Give brought it back to my class.
Belle Epoque follows the story of Maude Pichon, who runs away from home to find adventure in Paris. This historical fiction is perfect for any high school readers with wanderlust in their hearts.
I didn't know anyone who had taught The Hate U Give and had no one to go to for advice. Luckily for you, brave teacher, I'm willing to share what I learned!
You guys, I have never been so fired up to teach anything in my life.