Friday, November 27, 2009

Reading to Middle Schoolers

Once a month I have the privilege and joy of being able to meet with and read to our seventh and eighth grade students during their morning meeting. Drawing from fiction and non-fiction, I can usually capture their interest by varying topics that pertain to their lives, classes, and culture. Some short stories I read are abridged versions, since time is limited.  Here are some of the selections I use:

The Lottery by Shirely Jackson
The Necklace by Guy deMaupassant
Gift of the Magi by O'Henry
• Selections from Growing Up by Russel Baker
"How to Be Popular" by Diedre Dolan
• excerpt from Travels with Charlie by John Steinbech
• excerpts from The Jungle by Sinclair Lewis with excerpts from Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
The Feud by Saki (H. H. Munroe) adapted from The Interlopers
The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs (see my November 4, 2009 post)
The Ink Drinker by Eric Sanvoisin
• "Ralph Corlis, the Man Who Played to Lose" chapter from The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
• Song and lyrics from "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins
• The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
• How Much Land Does a Man Need by Leo Tolstoy