Proposed Required Reading
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.... because of its powerful message about the power of words, not to mention a look at Nazi Germany from a whole new point of view.
2. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.... because its a great way to learn about another culture, to learn about family relationships and to learn about strength of character
3. John Adams by David Muccullough.... because its the perfect book to learn about the birth of America, despite its size.
4. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens... because its such a powerful French Revolution book.
5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck... because it depicts an often forgot about period of US history in such a unforgettable heartbreaking manner
6. Life of Pi by Yann Martel... because it would teach kids that books can be about anything, and mess with your mind and that authors don't have to follow any sort of formula.
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.... because this book says so much about so many things that everyone, students and otherwise, should read it.
8. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien... to introduce kids to the fantasy genre which teaches them that they can learn much from a "pretend" world just as much as they can from a real life one.
9. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.... because its another wonderful book that shows a controversial time period in American history, has been challenged because of that, and should thus be therefore KEPT on the list.
10. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank... because it shows that even an ordinary kid can make a huge impact on the world, just by keeping a diary.
Do you agree or disagree with my list? What would you put on your list?
P.S. So I just watched this lovely video posted yesterday (Monday 7/18) of John Green talking about The Great Gatsby... a book I've never understood and have always thought should NOT be on the required reading lists! However, after watching this, I'm thinking that if John Green was my English teacher, I could handle reading anything! Bring it on!