BOOKS I HAVE TO TEACH IN 9TH AND 11TH GRADE ENGLISH FROM WORST TO BEST

  1. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - THE WORST
    This is in my American Lit curriculum and I can't even pretend to like it. Ugh. So pretentious and annoying and LONG-WINDED.
  2. The Invisible Man by HG Wells
    9th grade and scifi - boring scifi
  3. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
    Yawwwwn. 9th graders reading a 5th grade level book and it is about DOGS.
  4. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    I couldn't bring myself to make my Honors AmLit class read the whole thing this year. There is a chapter entitled "Bean Planting" .... It is about what you think it is about.
  5. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Could be worse. At least I can bring in some interesting lit theory here for the 9th graders.
  6. Romeo and Juliet - SIGH
    It is basically my least favorite Shakespearean play but at least we watched the first act of West Side Story this year and all the 9th grade boys are going around saying, "Birth to earth? Womb to tomb!" And snapping.
  7. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    I am under no illusions, probably none of my juniors actually read this book. But I happen to enjoy it. Weird supernatural stuff + feminism? YEAH.
  8. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
    Salem Witch trials are literally so perfect for high schoolers. Also, have you seen Winona Ryder in the opening scene of the movie? She is freakin weird. She like kills a chicken and rubs its blood on herself and then all the girls get naked. SO WEIRD.
  9. Frederick Douglass: A Slave Narrative
    So good. I cry every time.
  10. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
    My favorite book to teach/read. I just love it ok? Plus we watch the movie. It's a good time and everyone loves shooting down the American Dream.