Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (100)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Top Ten Books that should be Taught in School
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Pairings with Classics


1.While The Scarlet Letter starts off with a more critical eye towards Puritanical society, its ending is much less transcendental. To counteract this, I suggest Beauty Queens. It's one of those books I think every high schooler should read because it not only teaches about feminism, but also criticizes our media, politics, racism, and a whole lot more.

2. Obviously there's the whole title correlation, but this combination could spark debate over whether we control our own fates or are controlled by fate. Also, there are related themes of life, death, love, etc.

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3 and 4. All 3 of these protagonists could relate with each other. Plus, concerning the latter, can you imagine a teacher saying, "Okay, class. We're going to be reading a book about a boy with mad cow disease."

5. Boarding school, love, loss, friendship. Pretty solid match, right?

On Their Own

1. Beating down female stereotypes? Diverse characters? Underlying themes that are just waiting to be studied (but in a fun way, of course)? Check, check, and check!

2. Do I need to explain this one? The Book Thief is beautifully written and could be used as a cross-curriculum work, since it could relate to history, too! :)

3. With its questions on gender, sexuality, and love, as well as its commentary on religion, love, and acceptance, this book needs to be read by students!

4. With its examination of labels, I think a lot of teens could benefit from reading Ask the Passengers

5. THIS BOOK. It's seriously so good. And in hindsight (meaning I already made the graphic, haha), this would be paired really well with Romeo and Juliet.

What books do you think should be included in high school curriculums?

27 comments:

  1. Great list! The Book Thief would definitely make a great cross-curricular read :) I actually have The Scarlet Letter on my to-read list (never read it for school); hope to get around to it sometime in the near future xD

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    1. The Scarlet Letter wasn't my favorite of the books I read in school, but it's definitely an interesting read and good for conversation! (Also, there are great movie adaptations like Easy A:)

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  2. A fabulous list! I especially like your Catcher in the Rye pairings.

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  3. Great list! I need to read Beauty Queens, I've heard such great things about this novel. I have The Book Thief on my list paired with The Diary of Anne Frank. I like A Separate Peace paired with Looking for Alaska (I had Looking for Alaska paired with The Odyssey--the whole journey thing). ~Pam

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    1. Oh the Odyssey/LFA pairing is a really good idea!

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  4. You don't need to explain the book thief, I totally wish they would make this required <3

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    1. Right?! It's an amazing books and the students would love it.

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  5. I haven't read any of the books on your list yet. I love your book pairings, they sound interesting. Everyday is on the top of my reading lit, and I just got more motivated :)
    My Top 10 Tuesday
    Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

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  6. I like what you said about The Book Thief and cross referencing to a history class as well. Great idea!

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    1. It gives a different perspective to WWII. I wish I could have read it (along with other great books like Number the Stars and Daniel's Story) during classes on the Holocaust.

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  7. I like how you matched the first half with other books, that such a creative idea. I also think Eleanor & Park would be such a great required reading because of girls and body image in today's society.

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    1. Thanks, but I can't take credit for it. (It was actually the first half of this week's topic on TBAB site, lol).

      "I also think Eleanor & Park would be such a great required reading because of girls and body image in today's society." <- Absolutely!!

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  8. Eleanor and Park is one of my favorite reads and would be such an asset in schools for a variety of topics. I also like the pairings that you came up with. Classics are great reads but aren't always accessible, but when paired with a more contemporary read it can really add to the enjoyment of a book.

    My TTT is here.

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    1. Exactly! I love classics but a lot of my friends in high school didn't, and I think they would have liked reading a lot more if they'd read books they could relate with.

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  9. I don't know if I've already exposed you to my all encompassing love for Kristin Cashore, or not so I will restrain myself and simply say that Fire is an excellent choice! And of course anything by Libba Bray is also in that category (although I HAVEN'T READ EITHER OF THOSE. I know. I am horrified at myself. And am going to the library to remedy this if possible. It's practically blasphemous for me not to have read them yet.)

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    1. There can never be too much Kristin Cashore love. Never!

      Get yourself to a library! haha (Especially for Beauty Queens. Seriously.)

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  10. I love your list and agree with so many of your choices. I think both John Green books would be really good if they were taught in schools especially Looking for Alaska because of it's themes of religion and death. Great Choices!
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

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    1. Definitely- those themes actually inspired me (in part) to take a World Religions class in high school! :)

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  11. You have some amazing picks! So many of these I've either read and raved about or are on my TBR list. :D

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