Friday, August 9, 2013

Feature & Follow {36}

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Activity: Back to school.  Create a reading list for the imaginary English Lit class you'll be teaching this semester.

Oh.My.Stars.  This could not be more difficult.  I HATED the books I was forced to read in high school.  It was one of the reasons I put down books for so long.  Books like Beowulf, Great Expectations, Les Miserables, To Kill a Mockingbird....  hated them.  ALL of them!  One could argue I'm not a fan of classics.

Instead I think my list would go something like this:

Pride and Prejudice
Even though I've never finished it personally, it's one classic I have enjoyed (minus the hard-to-understand-at-times-language).

Divergent (Divergent, #1)
How about talking about a book or series that's popular at the time but something that you can get deeper in, such as the strength and weakness of character traits as shown in the Divergent series.

The Help
Historical and comical at times, this story does a great job of showing the life of those living in segregation in the deep south in the early 60's, told from both the perspective of blacks and whites, and the fight by some to break down those walls.  Excellent book with a lot of great lessons!!

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
A wonderful fantasy series that has major spiritual symbolism.  As much as I love Harry Potter, I love this series even more!

Slammed (Slammed, #1)
How about a series that showcases an art of poetry, but MODERN slam poetry.  (I always hated reading poetry in school...)  A book that is filled with emotion and is sure to open up doors of discussion among older teens.  Bonus: at the end of reading the series each student would have to create their own slam poetry and share it with the class.  

So that's my list of top 5 English Lit books!  
What would you choose in your imaginary class?

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  1. Divergent is a great book. I think it will appeal to a lot of people :)

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  2. Danielle @ Coffee& CharactersAugust 9, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Great Picks! I would so sign up for your class lol

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  3. Love the poetry intro. Great list. My FF

  4. Can you believe I STILL haven't read Divergent? I'm so behind on the times haha

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  5. great list! I've heard really great things about Slammed! new follower via bloglovin

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  6. I've been wanting to read Narnia for so long!! Great list! I would take your class if ya ever had it!!

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  7. Cool list. thanks for sharing :)

  8. Holly @ Words Fueled by LoveAugust 13, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Thanks for stopping by Shane!

  9. Holly @ Words Fueled by LoveAugust 13, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    They are fantastic books! Great for kids!! Thanks for stopping by. Returning the favor now.

  10. Holly @ Words Fueled by LoveAugust 13, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    OH.MY.GOSH! Slammed is a ten star (out of 5) book! Extremely unique and good!! Break out the tissues - those are snot crying type books!

    Thanks for stopping by Tina!

  11. awesome! I love those kinds of books (:

  12. Holly @ Words Fueled by LoveAugust 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Uh-oh! Better check out the books before the movie comes out!

    Thanks for stopping by and for following!

  13. Holly @ Words Fueled by LoveAugust 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Holly @ Words Fueled by LoveAugust 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Haha, thanks!

    Thanks for the follow too!

  15. Holly @ Words Fueled by LoveAugust 13, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Definitely a book that stretches lot of age ranges!

    Thanks for stopping by!


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