Literature in School

Throughout high school, everybody takes on a number of books in their English classes; some more recognizable than others, some more enjoyable. Titles such as Romeo and Juliet ring a bell to nearly everyone, but lesser known titles like Into the Wild play their part too. Each book has its own lessons to teach, and different things to take away from them.

Books are one of the greatest ways to learn; be it fiction or nonfiction. Aside from vocabulary and grammar, novels often have lessons, themes, and morals that can be dissected. Which books are the best for us to read in school? The curriculum covers a fairly diverse range, from fiction to nonfiction, and a heavy number of genres. Each book reads at a different level, and they have different lessons as well. Some focus more on specific literary elements, such as Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter and word play. Others go deeper into some social and political elements, such as To Kill a Mockingbird.

While some might prefer reading more than others, nearly everyone finds a book in high school that they like. Romeo and Juliet’s teen adventures appeal to a younger generation, and Lord of the Flies is favored by those interested in the primal nature of man. The books read, and the classes taken, can be divided by fiction or nonfiction, or by the period of time that the course examines. Megan Blaesing, senior and literature enthusiast, says “Hamlet was my favorite book. I can relate to the family drama.”

Students end up liking or disliking books for a number of reasons, whether the language is difficult in Shakespeare’s case, or the underlying ideas are not of interest. Luke Godin, sophomore, says, “I didn’t like Into the Wild. Transcendentalism makes no sense.” No matter the genre, author or time period, there’s a book for everyone out there.