It is essential for young adults than to see themselves represented authentically in media. This includes seeing themselves on the pages of literature written just for them, seeing themselves on the big screen in dynamic roles, and seeing themselves portrayed positively as powerful and determined protagonists. Our minority students deserve more representation than a dull, flat supporting (and very stereotypically portrayed) character. Whether you teach the titles in class or recommend them for pleasure, here are some YA novels for your high school students, to encourage them to love reading, and to love themselves. Please note that this post contains affiliate links, which do not negatively impact you at all, but may provide me with a small kickback to help me run website. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork Meet 17-year-old Marcelo Sandoval, a Mexican-American teenager with Asperger's syndrome, and the titular character of this brilliant novel. The story takes ...
Depending on the format of your school's Back-to-School Night, planning out your evening meeting parents can be tough. Some schools follow an open house format where parents are free to roam the halls of the campus and pop into their child's classroom at any given point during the evening. Other schools follow a more structured Back-to-School Night format that mimics the day's bell schedule. I've worked at schools that followed both types of formats, and there are pros and cons to each format. My current school follows the school's bell schedule for Back-to-School Night. After the initial presentation at the start of the night, parents go to each of their child's classes for a ten-minutes, and they also have a seven-minute passing period to make it from one class to the next.  To prep the room for Back-to-School Night, I always make sure that I clean up my room, put student work up on the walls, and display the textbooks, close readers, and novels that ...
Musicals aren’t just for the drama club kids anymore. With their knack for blending different genres of music with unusual subject matter, it’s no wonder that musicals’ relevance extends beyond 42nd Street. In fact, a significant number of hit Broadway shows find their origins in classic literature, proven by the much acclaimed Les Mis. I’ve also used a couple of songs from Hamilton when I introduce my rhetorical analysis unit. I have students compare some of the lyrics to the Federalist Papers. Because musicals operate by using music to clearly and concisely tell an exciting story, using Broadway cast recordings to supplement lessons can be an excellent way to encourage enthusiasm and understanding of great literature. Tip: Having students compare and contrast scenes from the novel with songs from the musical adaptation provides a fun, fresh approach to assigned reading! Here are five musicals based off of classic novels: 1. Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 b...