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.
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.
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.
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?