Shakespeare? Hurston? Or Cisneros?

by Allan Appel | Mar 5, 2018 8:54 am | Comments (3)

Allan Appel PhotoNatalie Semmel can teach only one work of literature.

Will it be Sandra Cisneros’s Latina story, The House On Mango Street? Or Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God? Or a tale about hot, impulsive teenagers, albeit written by a dead white dude named William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)?

Do kids today benefit more from reading “classics,” which can be a slog, or more “diverse” authors with a more immediate connection to their lives? And how do you decide?

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