I just volunteered this week for our library's book sale. It was hard to see the carts of books filled with Y and YA fiction. None of it was stuff I want my kids to read. So, what then?
I'm working on a post with our reading lists for fifth through eight grades with free lit units that can be found online. But, in addition to that, I thought I'd list some reading lists with books that could also be used.
My approach to literature is to use both a reader and whole books. Readers provide short passages and text specific questions. They expose students to a wide variety of writing. Whole books help students to see a story from beginning to end and see the big picture of how characters change and grow. What are the themes of the book? Author's purpose? Specific characteristics of the book that make it fit a specific genre? Summarize the book...
So, here are some lists I found:
This site has high school summer reading, plus junior high lists. Some of the books on this list I like, but some of them I know I don't. It is a more varied list.
Christian publishers many friends look to are Sonlight, Heart of Dakota, and Veritas Press for reading suggestions.
One thing that I've found about resources on the web, is that they don't always stay--on the web. So, I'm going to take a closer look at the lists and then print them off so I can look at them later when I need to!