much your children loved being read to when they were small? Kids don't
grow out of this—even teenagers enjoy being read to. Initiate a family
reading time where everyone gets involved, or depending on the difficulty of
the book and the maturity of the topic, one where you and your teenager read
Use this opportunity to introduce books your
student might not choose on his/her own, and to introduce topics that you
think are important and necessary for your child to learn.
Literature In Your Dinner
Dinner time is a wonderful time to discuss
what your high school student is reading. Discuss plots and characters and
the differences in life then vs. now.
This is a superb opportunity to get the
little ones involved too. What are they reading? My favorite books when I
was young were Charlotte's Web and The Light in the Forest. To this day, I
still appreciate these stories. They taught about friendship and loyalty.
These are wonderful and important books.
Everyone can have input at the family table.
Student Be Involved In Reading Groups
Encourage your teenagers to join reading
groups. Better yet, encourage them to form reading groups with their
peers. This will be educational on many levels, and will provide
Books On Tape
Books on tape—what a great idea! Books on
tape are an educational life-saver for students with learning disabilities.
Plus, they are so convenient. Play them in the car instead of listening to
the radio. How many times do you want to hear the same song played over and
over again? Listen to a book instead!
See the movie. This isn't cheating if
you see the movie AND read the book. Then you and your student can
compare the two. In fact, this is an important and valid learning
experience, as your student might very well realize he likes the book
Read the Cliff's notes/similar
summaries. Even as an adult reading a classic, I may not catch the
importance or symbolism in a piece of literature. In fact, I might
argue that the symbolism isn't even valid. This is an educational
discussion waiting to happen.
You're Going To Read
There are plenty of internet resources that
will give you reading lists appropriate for your high school student.
Ablaze Academy, suggests the following readings for students in the 9th-12th
English Literature IX
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Odyssey by Homer
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
English Literature X
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
English Literature XI
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
English Literature XII
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
literature is an essential part of every high school English course. Four
grade-specific literature titles each year, allow students to explore
universal themes and characters. Each title includes four complete books
and several short stories. A series of lessons with study guides
accompanies the student throughout each book. Various interactive features
such as plot reviews and chapter overviews enhance each student's literary
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