My students need copies of the books "The Great Gatsby", "To Kill a Mockingbird", "1984", "The Book Thief", and "Huckleberry Finn" to have literature circles and class discussion.
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. ~ Francis Bacon ~
My students are an elite group of 8th graders in an urban school in Colorado.
The school they attend is 95% free and reduced lunch. Most kids come from incredible poverty; however, they have great opportunities awaiting them. They are the first in their school to have high school classes available to them. They are a motivated bunch of kids that need to have a wide variety of literature available to them. This group of kids have been together since 6th grade. They are a close bunch that push each other to achieve the most they can at any given time. I truly believe in my classroom I have the future leaders of our state and country. They inspire me daily!
I have an extensive classroom library. It has many books of choice that appeal to the average middle school student. However, I lack enough "classics" of literature to hold literature circles and whole class book discussions. I really feel as though this group that will be receiving high school credit should be reading high school level books. The books that I've chosen on the list will push their thinking, reading, and views of the world. I believe this is the way to developing well rounded students.
Any of the books on this list are vital resources for my classroom.
I've watched students discuss books together and seen lights go on and ideas begin to form. I believe we must continue pushing these students. Any of these books will open their minds to new ideas and experiences.
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|The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald • Barnes and Noble||$9.57||5||$47.85|
|To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee • Barnes and Noble||$6.83||25||$170.75|
|1984 George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble||$8.54||5||$42.70|
|The Book Thief Markus Zusak • Barnes and Noble||$8.88||25||$222.00|
|Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Mark Twain, Robert G. O'Meally (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble||$5.08||5||$25.40|
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