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I have used this set of “themed” reading lists for the past two years for my 10th and 11th grade classes. The four genres included are: Young Adult, Dystopian, Multicultural, and Classical. The lists contain a wide range of novels from easy to difficult, which allows students anywhere from 8th to 12th grade to find books that apply to them.
My students love the mystery and suspense that the quarterly themes add and are always curious as to what the next quarter’s book list will contain. The different lists also make outside reading seem more purposeful and organized. I always try to tie the outside reading lists into what we are working on inside the classroom. For example, second quarter, I teach “Fahrenheit 451” and the aspects of dystopian literature. Third quarter, I teach fairytales that originate from different cultures around the world to tie into the multicultural theme.
There are many different creative ways to incorporate and highlight this outside curriculum in your classroom. Some examples include:
- Introducing each list as a homework assignment: have students conduct research on the books in the list to come up with their top 3 choices. Then, students can discuss their top choices with you and/or their peers to pick “the one.”
- Creating “literature” circles by grouping students with the same or similar books together in a discussion group. Whenever they have a reader’s response journal due, students can meet in their “literature circles” to discuss their reactions.
- Matching the list genre with a novel, short story, or informational text that you read as a class that quarter.
Keywords: reading lists, independent reading, supplemental reading, literature circles, differential instruction, outside reading, young adult, dystopian, multicultural, classical literature