A novel idea: contemporary literature in the high school classroom

At the risk of being kicked out of my next English Language Arts District Department Chair meeting, I am here to say, “Crush the Classics!” in the high school classroom. After eleven years of teaching English Language Arts/Reading from grades 9-12, I have come to the definitive conclusion that the classics need to go. Like I tell my students – “This isn’t a doughnut shop. If you want it sugarcoated, you have come to the wrong place.” The classics are just too un-relatable to today’s modern student and are too difficult to read with their archaic language. Students need...

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