Reading in class
In Norway during the first year of high school we have two competency goals concerning literature
- Discuss and elaborate on English texts from a selection of different genres, poems, short stories, novels, films and theater plays from different epochs and parts of the world
- Discuss literature by and about indigenous peoples in the English-speaking world
Looking closely at these goals it seems to me that it should be voluntary for students if they want to read a novel in class, and if they do they would be smart to choose one by and about indigenous people.
I’m giving my students a choice here and among the suggested literature discussed at our last network meeting I have listed these books. Regarding literature by and about indigenous people suited for high school students, I have to admit I’m at a loss and need some help! Please comment here if you have any suggestions.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
- The book Thief, Markus Zusak
- Ender’s Game, Orson Scott
- Twice Toward Justice, Claudette Colvin
- The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
- Life of Pi, Yann Martel
- White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
- Click on the links above and read the book descriptions, check out related media and read at least 2 of the customer reviews. Based on your research choose one of the books and write a short post on your blog explaining your choice and your expectations for chosen book
- See if the writer has a Twitter account and send a short message to the author with a link to your blog post!
Hi, Ann and loads of smiles (loved the vid) and best wishes for the new year ahead. Here’s a book I’d love to delve into, but not sure whether it can be of help to you. So, how about “Life of Pi” which was turned into a movie by Ang Lee in 2012? Have a peek!
Hope that helps. 😉
Yes the Life of Pi is a great suggestion and we discussed it as well. Forgot to add it. Thanks for reminding me! Smile back!
One of my favorite books from the Indian English-speaking world was White Tiger. Definitely preview it first because murder is involved – but a fantastic read. It makes me ask the question, “Is education enough to reach wealth and power? In all countries?”
Thanks Janet! I will look into it!
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Try this website: http://www.strongnations.com/store/item_list.php?it=&cat=1264&p=4 These resources are from the British Columbia Ministry of Education (Canada) resources for BC English First Peoples 10/11/12. I personally like novels by BC authors Silvia Olsen and Diane Silvey (juvenile fiction). You will see plenty of great material written by and written about Canada;s indigenous people on the Strong Nations website. Best wishes.
Thank you! A great site, really appreciate it!
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko and Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich ( both by Native Americans about Native Americans)