Monday, August 29, 2016

Books that would be required reading if I were a high school teacher

In honor of going back to school (for everyone else that is. I have a bit before my Littles start), I'm choosing books that would be required reading for my students if I were a teacher.

1. The Hiding Place
Basically, all of Corrie Ten Boom's writings, since her family could of stood by and watched. She has a powerful story of forgiveness for those to afflicted her and her sister. I would get a hold of a recording of her to go with the book.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird
For obvious reasons.

3. Emma
Jane Austen is a must. This one would almost be more for the male students, since Mr. Knightley is the opitome of a gentleman.

4. Pride and Prejudice
If one is going to have Austen, then this one is a must too.

5. Little House on the Prairie
Granted, it has been forever since I read this series, but the push to move to wide open spaces is such a huge part of American history.

6. Narnia
Must I explain why I would include this favorite? It would be fun to discuss and see what different readers take away from the series.

7. A Tale of Two Cities
Granted, it's been a while, but this would be interesting to pair with a book about the American Revolution.

8. The Hunger Games
I like discussing futuristic stories and the morals in them. I can see this being a fun series to discuss with teens. Pairing it with some Roman history (gladiators) and it could be quite interesting.

9. North and South
I love Gaskell! This one has a lot going for it, as it shows why unions were needed, as well as the changes the Industrial Revolution brought.

10.The Children
I may be a bit morbid to like Wharton's stories, though this one is a wee bit happier. This is an interesting story that was kind of ahead of its time.

What books would you have in your classroom?


  1. Replies
    1. While 7-10 are excellent, you've read the best ones off my list. :=

  2. Brilliant list. You've picked some wonderful classics. I read To Kill A Mockingbird once I had left school and absolutely loved it.

    1. I didn't read it til I had graduated high school, and then I had to read it again for college lit.

  3. I've read 1,2,4, and 6 (which, to be honest, was more than I expected I would have read...)

    1. Not bad at all! I should of has some Chesterton on there. :)

  4. Ah The Hunger Games would be a great book to read in school!
    My TTT:

    1. They would be a fun, more modern, choice.
      Thanks for stopping by!