Middle School English teachers...have you taught any of these novels?

Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by justwanttoteach, Nov 18, 2016.

  1. justwanttoteach

    justwanttoteach Cohort

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    Here is the list of the novels I have at my school site. Enough for a class set. I just finished the Outsiders. I have low readers and am hoping to do another novel. I was thinking about the ones with stars by their titles. Has anyone taught these? Any you would stay away from or would KILL to be able to teach?
    1. Maze Runner
    2. A Wrinkle in Time
    3. The Clay Marble
    4. The Odyssey
    5. The Giver*
    6. Number the Stars*
    7. True Confessions of Charolette Doyle
    8. Incredible Journey
    9. The Grey King
    10. Across Five Aprils
    11. Call of the Wild*
    12. Maniac Magee
    13. Tuck Everlasting
    14. Dog Song
    15. DragonWings
    16. Trouble River
    17. The Cay
    18. Taking Sides*
    19. Where the Red Fern Grows
    20. Homecoming I,
    21. Juan De Pareja
    22. The Contender*
    23. Diary of Anne Frank
    24. Glory Field
    25. House of Dies Drear
    26. Johnny Tremain
    27. Nothing but the Truth*
    28. Roll of Thunder,
    29. Hear My Cry
    30. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
    31. In my Father house
  3. Upsadaisy

    Upsadaisy Moderator

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    2, 5, 6, 12, 13, 17, 23
    Given the choice, I'd go with Number the Stars or The Giver for lower readers. I used them both with fifth. Also, Maniac Magee.
  4. heatherberm

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    I read "Number the Stars" with 5th graders once and they really loved it. They didn't know a ton about WWII, the Holocaust, etc. so they needed some support with that background knowledge, but they soaked it up like sponges. They were just reaching a level of maturity so that we had some really smart, engaging discussions. Again, depending on the maturity of the students, there are also some potential current day connections that could be discussed with talk of Muslim registries/bans, that kind of thing.

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