In many English classes here at Lowry High, teachers have students read outdated classics for in-class reads. Although these classics are extremely important to American culture, they are typically not the best choice for high school students to read. Books like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, “Black Beauty” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” are not the most relatable and/or interesting books to teenagers. Reading books such as “Looking for Alaska”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “The Hunger Games”, “Divergent” and other more modern books have more relatable problems and have characters that more teenagers now can relate to.
Older classics are typically hard for high school students to get interested in, which makes it harder for them to sit down and read the books. If they aren’t interested in the book they are reading then teenagers typically just don’t read it. This could make the test scores and overall grades of students suffer. If they were able to read more modern books then they may be be likely to sit down and actually read a book.
Modern books are much easier for teenagers to relate to. Old-timey classic characters typically face problems that modern day teenagers wouldn’t understand. In more modern books characters face similar issues that everyday teenagers typically face. In modern day literature the characters and settings are easier for teenagers to connect to and understand which helps them become more interested in the book.
Reading more modern books in class would benefit teenagers in a positive way. Reading books that teeagers can relate to and understand can improve test grades and make them more excited to read if it’s something they are interested in.