My students need 36 copies each of 3 science fiction novels to participate in a dystopian literature genre study.
"Dystopian literature provides an escape from the watched over, controlled world teens live in currently, providing stories of youth having great adventures and attempting to exert control on their life." (Miller, 2010).
The high school students I teach desire to read books that are entertaining and exciting; books that grab their attention, books that they don't want to put down.
They crave modern-day literature that appeals to them, not the "classics" that are boring and uninteresting. My students love to read, but want to feel connected to the literature and to the issues that the characters are facing.
Popular young adult literature today is all about dystopian societies. Such popularity cannot be ignored. By teaching through this genre, my students will be motivated to read and my reluctant readers will be hooked. There will be no more groaning and complaining about classroom literature. Through high interest novels, The Maze Runner, Uglies, and Divergent, students will participate in literature groups. They will get to choose which novel to read and will then discuss how the dystopian theme relates to world as they know it.
By incorporating choice into classroom literature, students will once again find reading to be a rewarding experience.
They will become "avid readers" because they have discovered a passion for reading. One book can make all the difference when trying to ignite the flame of literacy.
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