October 19, 2015
What exactly should we read in school? Is there a set of certain books that we should all read? It should be up to the student to decide what to read. People wonder why students don’t read outside of class, but maybe if teachers and administrators stop telling students what to read they will read more.
Reading should be enjoyable and engaging. There is nothing like great books that you cant seem to put down. The books that make you happy, sad, laugh, cry, and the ones that make you stop and think, maybe even reread. When students are given the chance to pick out their own books and read what interests them, they are more motivated than if it was a text they had little to no interest…
I think students should know about different styles of writing and great writers such as Shakespeare but it is a different time. There are tons of great modern authors and books that students can be learning about and reading (The Huffington Post). Shakespeare should be taught so that students can understand the language and provide students with background to the history of the language. More relatable stories will keep the students from falling asleep in their seats. Some of the scenarios and language in older texts can be hard to grasp and the modern books are better at appealing to the newer generations. The scenarios are almost unrealistic for this day and age but books that deal with suicide, rape, LGBTQ people which all hold a greater presence in young teens lives can be the ones that keep students reading. The ones that students won’t look up on spark notes and the ones they don’t want to put down. Texts about social, economic and political issues that will help students become more aware are great as well, but for the most part students should have a choice. The more teachers interfere with what students read the less and less they will read. Assigned texts in the classroom can be dreadful and at time most if not all students are engaged in the reading. Academic achievements and even doing well on tests can be tied to students who like to read. Giving students the…