As high school newcomers, my ninth-graders are eager and excited to shed their adolescent, middle school skins.
During this critical time of self-identification, I strive to help these students discover the power and courage of their voices through critical reading, reflective writing, and discussion-based activities.
I have the rare pleasure of working in a school that educates a student population that is as diverse as our country's. Bringing students together from many economic and cultural backgrounds creates a vibrant and compassionate classroom dynamic.
My goal every school year is to engage students with content that reflects their experiences in the world and exposes them to broader realities.
I am implementing a new curriculum that is focused on introducing incoming freshmen to a wide range of high interest short stories. Why short stories? They're quick, unintimidating, and they can lead students who have lost the taste for reading down unexpected roads towards life-long reading interests.
The short stories on this list blend a range of interests that will spark excitement in young readers: genre bending thrillers, romance, mystery, suspense, teen drama, and timely real-world social issues.
With these stories I hope to reinvigorate a love of reading that will last a lifetime. Please help me guide my young readers to discover their identities as readers!
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