Oct 14, 2012
Searching for great YA nonfiction
I'm soooo excited for this opportunity for several reasons. One: I've known these kids for several years, watched them grow and am already familiar with their work habits/abilities. Two: LA is my field. I was an English major and then a journalist. While I like teaching math, and love P.E., I've had a steep learning curve for both. (Yes, even for P.E. Contrary to popular belief, there's a lot more that goes into a successful P.E. program than organizing a round of rabbit sticks.) But this is my native hearth.
So for the next several days, I'll be putting together a curriculum supplementing regular 7th grade LA. We'll be taking writing to the next level, working on critical thinking skills, developing multimedia presentations and reading nonfiction that's not in the (limited) district agenda.
And that's where I need your help. I'm looking for great books - that inspire, educate and broaden horizons. ENDANGERED by Eliot Schrefer is on my list. So is Sherman Alexie's THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN. SPEAK by Laurie Halse Andersen. I'm also considering MONSTER by Walter Myers and UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand and many others.
What else can I add to my list? If you're able to link this question on Twitter or your blog, I'd so appreciate it! The more recommendations, the better! :)
Have a great week!