Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  For more information, or to join the fun yourself, check out their blog!

Top Ten Books I Would Teach if I Were a Teacher
I'm not completely naive: I know that unfortunately, most teachers don't have complete autonomy in choosing texts.  But in an ideal world where I was a teacher, these are the titles I'd require!

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
1. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick My Ass by Meg Medina.  The title alone would get students cheering and interested!  Plus it talks honestly about bullying.

The Harlem HellfightersMarch: Book One (March, #1)
2. The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks and/or March by John Lewis... something like these.  Social issues/civil rights/history in graphic novel format.

WonderOut of My MindThe Running Dream
3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio and/or Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper and/or The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen.  These all bring up the important subject of diversity and not judging people by their exteriors.

4. #scandal by Sarah Ockler.  This one is fun to read and sparks really good discussions about online safety and responsible social media use.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
5. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba.  This one would be great to read in a physics class!  With Common Core, teachers of science and math classes now need to incorporate texts into their teaching.

Little Brother
6. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.  A good book to start a discussion about information privacy and abuse of technology.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
7. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Young Readers Edition).  Not only does it give a snapshot of one man's WWII experiences, but it talks about resilience in the face of horrific odds.

Velva Jean Learns to Drive (Velva Jean, #1)The Secret Life of Bees
8. Velva Jean Learns to Drive by Jennifer Niven and/or The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.  I'm from the Carolinas, and these fictional books are pretty spot-on in their representations of the South in different historic periods.

Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America
9. Wild Ones by Jon Mooallem.  Maybe I'd just assign excerpts from this one (it's a little long), but it's got a really unique perspective on conservation.

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23
10. A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller.  If I taught at a Christian school.  This is so cool, bringing much relevance to Psalm 23.

And you?  What's your "required reading" for back to school?  Leave a link and I'll certainly visit back!

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