I’m always wanting to keep my students inspired to read. I consider carefully before assigning a reader or recommending a book for them because I want to be sure they’ll come back for my recommendations in the future. If I suggest a boring read I worry that I’ll lose them forever!
I have used this book many times to find suggestions for my students. Though a few of the books are a bit old fashioned and won’t appeal to your most savvy readers, most of them are good timeless literature that most students will thoroughly enjoy.
The book is divided up grade by grade recommending books that tie in with the Waldorf curriculum and that will simply appeal to students of a certain age. I know many teachers who require students to read 2-3 books from this list per year, in addition to books that the students themselves choose and books that the teacher assigns as a class reader.
It’s nice to have a resource of books that you can recommend without question or concern (after all, we can’t read the entire young adult section of the library along with everything else we have to do.)
Currently, my students and I are reading Lloyd Alexander’s The Iron Ring and we’re loving it. The story is set in a land that is much like ancient India, so it ties right in with our current Ancient Civilizations block. Reading this book about a boy who is about the same age as my students has suddenly made the material of our India block much more accessible to the students and they’re getting a much stronger feeling for the culture.
Lloyd Alexander is an author I cannot recommend highly enough. My students and my own children have always been completely taken with his work. Even 5 years later my jaded and sarcastic 15 year old raves about Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain series. I highly recommend all of Alexander’s books.
On my personal blog I’ll be posting this week about how my students and I worked with The Iron Ring, including comprehension questions and artistic suggestions. As a teacher with a strong language arts background, I am quite passionate about working with students on their reading and writing skills and I’m happy to share my work.