Best Books to Teach in high school

As a high school English teacher, I have taught many, many novels. Here are the ones that are absolutely wonderful to teach year after year (you know it has to be good to read it every single year!)
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281 books · 329 voters · list created April 5th, 2009 by Wendy (votes) .
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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael I'm sure everyone here would make a different list. With that in mind, I would argue that Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" is one of the finest books in American literature and is very appropriate for a high school class. As an English teacher having read almost every book on this list, I would put it near the top.


Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship What always surprises me most about these lists are the books people vote for that are really too young for them. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe for instance--good books, but kids' books, not high school books. It's interesting how the older we get the more we tend to mesh all of childhood/adolescence/young adulthood together into one interchangeable mass.


message 3: by Megan (new)

Megan Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship wrote: "What always surprises me most about these lists are the books people vote for that are really too young for them. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe for instance--good books, but kids' books, not ..."
That's by far the most insightful comment I've ever seen on Goodreads.


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