My eighth graders are reading To Kill a Mockingbird right now. We’re scheduled to finish it next week, but I’ve had several students read ahead. One of them came into class the other day and said, “I finished the book. I loved it.”
My seventh graders are reading The Giver. The day after I passed out the novels, a parent (and fellow teacher) emailed me and thanked me for giving it to her son to read. “He read the whole thing last night,” she said, “and he said it was the best book he’d ever read.” The algebra teacher stopped me in the hall today and said, “Your kids are really loving The Giver. I have to keep telling them to put it away and focus on my class — even the ones who love algebra!”
Part of the reason I saved these two books for the end of the year is because I love them and wanted something to look forward to. It’s been great hearing that my students love them, too. Hopefully these books will leave them with fond memories of English class, and encourage them to read more books!
Thanks, Harper Lee and Lois Lowry.