Last year, I moved from teaching seventh grade to eighth English/Language Arts. With that move, a world of possibilities opened up. While these eighth graders are still technically middle schoolers, by fourth quarter, they’re also teenagers for real (13/14/15 years old) on the verge of so much–high school, “real” significant others (as opposed to the “going out” that happens with tweens), some major life decisions, their first real job, driving (ahhh!), and maturity. So, along with review for the state test and our final exams (yay, literary terms and research papers!), I introduce them to the Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopia genre of literature.
Sure, they’ve seen a lot of end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it movies and tv shows, played a lot of games that involve chopping random body parts off flesh-eating zombies, but most are unaware of the total awesomeness of the books in this genre. This year, they can choose between a bunch of different novels, most of them newer (within the last couple of years).
So, what do you think? Any I should change out for next year? Any other suggestions? (I really wanted to add DIVERGENT but, since it’s not out yet, I’ll have to wait for next year.)
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