The Truth About Why We Teach ‘Dark’ Books To Young Adults

An article in the Wall Street Journal addresses the relevant, and difficult question regarding ‘darkness’ or negativity in young adult literature.

“Contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity. Why is this considered a good idea?”

And this is a question that many teachers face in their classrooms. Why is it that we teach books about death, abuse, addiction, and pain to young kids? Continue reading

Tackling Our Students’ Mental Health Through Literature

As a secondary English teacher, mental health is a huge issue I’ve faced, both in and out of the classroom. I’ve also seen this in my personal life, with friends, siblings of friends, and people I’ve encountered who have battled depression and other mental illnesses.

These illnesses are disabling, their crippling, and they make a huge impact on the way we learn and approach the world.

That’s why awareness, understanding, and compassion are THE most important ways, as teachers, we can connect with our struggling students. Continue reading