Amoura Carter is a current high school English teacher who is eager to start a new year later in August. She teaches at the Garinger High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, and she is dedicated to preparing her students for the next stages of their educations. Here are three books to teach high school students.
To Kill a Mocking Bird. This is a great book to teach your high school students because it allows them to see a time where racism and prejudice were acceptable in normal society. The book describes a racial incident from the perspective of a child whose father is called upon to represent an African American man in court. Despite the mounting evidence, he is found guilty simply because of the color of his skin.
1984. 1984 is a book that should be taught in high school for its chilling description of a society stricken by communism and tyranny. The book focuses on a main character who begins to see the problems with the society he lives in, and his struggle to keep his secrets unknown from the wrong people. Similar to Animal Farm, written by the same author, the book takes a critical look at the contradictory values of communism itself.
The Old Man and the Sea. This is a short, but powerful book that focuses on a fisherman who spends all day at sea without a catch. However, he finally catches the biggest fish of his life, only to have it be eaten by sharks on the way back to shore because he couldn’t fit it in his boat.
Amoura Carter enjoys teaching classics.