Recently, I was thinking about what YA books would make good editions to a high school English class's curriculum. Then I started thinking about the classes I've "taught" and was like, "Why don't I make up a list?" I did that...then realized I had too many books for one school year.
So I made up lists for both junior and senior years. So, if I were to teach high school English with zero restrictions, these are the books my students would read. Note: I perused lists of books normally read in high school (since my literature education was a bit abnormal as a homeschooler). I cannot vouch for the quality of every book, but from what I know of them, they fit well with other books I was planning to teach.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The Poetry of Emily Dickinson
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
- Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
- The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
- Just One Day by Gayle Forman
- The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
- 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- Paradise by Toni Morrison
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
- Dubliners by James Joyce
If you taught high school English, what books would you teach?