Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.
Today’s Topic: Text that Might be on Ricki’s English Methods Syllabus
This was tricky because I wanted to maintain a balance between professional development texts and quality literature. There are so many great choices! I changed the post title to “might” because I would change my mind next week. I’d love to hear what you would include on your list!
1. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Did I just include Endangered on another TTT list? This is an incredibly teachable text, and I think it belongs on every Methods syllabus.
2. Shine by Lauren Myracle
I am very excited to share about this Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award winner at the NCTE convention in November. It is a beautifully complex book.
3. Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos
This book not only belongs on every Methods syllabus, but it belongs in every English classroom around the world. This is the kind of book that will change a teenager’s life.
4. Tyrell by Coe Booth
My students loved this book, and I think it teaches valuable life lessons.
5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
This is a great book to teach identity development. And it is funny, too!
6. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
I taught this book to my tenth grade classes. Students read this book after Night, and they absolutely loved it. It is a book that is appreciated by all types of students.
7. Looking for Alaska by John Green
I read this book in my own Methods class (ten years ago!), and my advisor still uses it today. I observed a recent Methods class she taught, and they loved it just as much as I did!
8. Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
The first few pages are difficult to understand, and then the reader becomes used to the language of this book. It is a phenomenal, true story—a story that I think everyone should read.
9. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
This is a great book to show the innovation that exists in literature. It would be great to teach in a creative writing class, too!
10. The English Teacher’s Companion by Jim Burke
My Methods class would be an amalgamation of books (e.g. Lesesne’s Making the Match and Reading Ladders, Plumb’s Commando Classics). The main reason I include this one rather than the others I listed (which I would ALSO use!) is because it is comprehensive for Methods courses. In other words, it focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening, among other topics. It does a great job at it, too!
Which books would you include on your English Methods syllabus?