I am in the struggle zone, and I’d love your help. Next semester, I am teaching a co-taught college course with a history professor. Students will be examining several social movements and forms of collective action. The history professor is in charge of the historical background and currency of each social movement, and I am in charge of the stories within the movement. Students will then go on to explore a different social movement of their choosing and read a YA text that relates to the movement. I am VERY excited.
For three weeks, we will be considering the #metoo movement. For whatever reason, I seem to read more books related to issues of race, immigration, sexuality, etc. than books about sexual assault. I’ve created a list of the books I am considering, and admittedly, I’ve only read half of them. Now that I know it is a weak spot, I am going to fix it. However, I’d love your help in narrowing this list to the books that you recommend that I read first.
These are the books that I’ve read and plan to include because they offer a lot of opportunities for discussion:
- McCullough, J. (2018). Blood water paint. New York, NY: Dutton.
- Reed, A. (2017). The nowhere girls. New York, NY: Simon Pulse.
(Also, excerpts from Kelly Jensen’s Here We Are.)
I need to decide on three more titles. Listed below are the books that I want to read in the next three weeks to see if they will work well within a discussion of the social movement. I am looking for books that are very well-written and that will give much fodder for discussion:
- Anderson, L. H. (2019). Shout. New York, NY: Penguin.
- Blake, A. H. (2018). Girl made of stars. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
- Hartzler, A. (2015). What we saw. New York, NY: HarperTeen
- Kiely, B. (2018). Tradition. New York, NY: Margaret K. McElderry.
- Mathieu, J. (2017). Moxie. New York, NY: Roaring Brook.
- Russo, M. (2016). If I was your girl. New York, NY: Flatiron.
I have all of these books on my nightstand, so access isn’t an issue. I plan to read them all within the next couple of months, but I’d love your advice of which I should read first! If I am missing a great book, please let me know. I’d like it to be a book published within the last 3-4 years because students tend to have read books older than that range.
Feel free to message me if commenting isn’t your jam. 😉 Thank you in advance!
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