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Friday, Feb. 24th - Required Reading: Which book from your school days do you remember reading & enjoying? Is there a book published now that you'd like to see in today's curriculum for kids?
I honestly can't remember reading a required book that I liked. Only thing that comes to mind that I did like are poems by Edgar Allan Poe and Romeo & Juliet. I do remember being jealous of the regular English class (I was in honors and AP classes) because they got to read The Outsiders. I ended up borrowing it from my teacher and reading it on the side. I don't think I ever read a book from cover to cover for school. I'd read just enough to pass a test or write a paper. Sad for someone who loved reading. We just never read anything I liked. And though I didn't read much for school, I still read. I remember being required to read 300 pages per six weeks in middle school and would read well over 3000 instead. I'd breeze through Fear Street and Baby Sitter Club books.
As far as books I'd like to see in today's curriculum...I think more modern books. Not every kid is born a reader and some need books that will keep them interested. I was shocked a few years ago when a co-worker told me her daughter was reading Twilight for English! I think, with parent permission, The Hunger Games wouldn't be bad. While it's not for everyone, it has a lot of good themes that could be discussed. Also I think more of a variety of books. Instead of saying "we are reading x book" why not have x, y and z books and let the kids pick. I know I hated being told what to read. I might have read more if given an option.
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