Nerdy Social Action by Sarah Mulhern Gross

Be sure to check out my post on The Nerdy Book Club today! I’m thrilled to share what I am doing in my classroom and how students can be inspired by literature to change the world.

Nerdy Book Club

I have a confession to make:


I don’t love all of the novels I am required to teach as part of the curriculum.


Phew!  It feels good to get that off my chest! I understand the need for a canon and I’m lucky because I have a lot of flexibility in my district, but I just don’t feel passionately about all of the books my students and I read together.  I’m making slow and steady progress in changing some of the books we read, but I also recognize that there are ways to connect with stories beyond loving or disliking a book.  And that while I don’t love all of the books, I have students who do connect with and enjoy those same books.


At the same time, I know that passion is important.  If I am not passionate about the book I am reading with my…

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