Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish which has now found a lovely new home at That Artsy Reader Girl. The prompt this week is a bit of a freebie as long as it is somehow school related! Being a teacher this is right up my street and it took me a while to settle on what my focus would be. I’ve decided to go with 10 YA books I’d like to see on a secondary school curriculum. A disclaimer here that I am not an English teacher myself but each of these books has a quality that I think makes it an excellent reading and learning experience for young people. So if I had my way these books would appear somewhere on our curriculum (needless to say, age appropriately).
The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Radio Silence | George | A Monster Calls | A Quiet Kind of Thunder | Doing It: Let’s Talk About Sex | The State of Grace | The Hate U Give | Am I Normal Yet? | I Am Thunder
This selection of books cover such a wide range of issues and topics varying from mental health, racism and race issues, sex and gender, grief and identity. I think they offer such a wonderful world of literature for young people to explore and possibly discover themselves or at least something about themselves. If only we lived in this dream world of creating our own curriculum!
When I was in high school we had a few set texts for GCSE. My favourite was To Kill A Mockingbird and to this day I still adore the book. I think it massively helped that I had a brilliant teacher who showed me how to appreciate the book. I often see people talk about how they can’t read the books they studied in school because they have such bad memories of doing so. Teachers really can make the difference!
What books would you love to see on our curriculum?
What books did you read in school? Did you love or loathe them?