Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Our Syllabus

Posted August 25, 2015 by Lyn Kaye in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 10 Comments

Top Ten Tuesdays


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic: Book-inspired Syllabus


Kara and Lyn take you back, old school style, to celebrate everyone returning to their virtual incarceration, this week’s theme is building an itinerary with our top books to support our topic (yeah, now I am just tossing out academic-sounding words).

Border Leaf

Book Targets: How to blend history and fantasy seamlessly so as to create a suspenseful and believable story.
Book Targets: How to write the whimsical and strange without going overboard. This premise sounds like it would never work, but it does.
Book Targets: How to write a terrifying villain in an atmospheric and historical time period.
Book Targets: How to engage the reader’s emotion with a non-traditional contemporary novel.
Book Targets: How to show complete respect to cultural history and write an exciting book at the same time.
Kara Sig Plant


I. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Book Discussion Points: For the theme of bullying in this unit, present points in the novel that classify the actions in the book as bullying. Was the student body bullying only gay students? Was there any other marginalized groups that experienced bullying?

II. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Book Discussion Points: List the bullying behaviors used by other students to target the main character of the novel. Did the book talk about “traditional” and “non-traditional” bullying?

III. All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Book Discussion Points: How did the community support the bullying of a female rape victim? How can students and the children of the community put an end to victim blaming and bully behavior towards their own peers?

IV. Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Book Discussion Points: How can you “repent” after committing bullying? The theme of the book was silence to prevent bullying. What other forms of bullying can be prevented by abstaining from a daily routine?

V. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Book Discussion Points: Is bullying rooted in jealousy and guilt? What is your own opinion that each rumor has a grain of truth?

Lyn Sig Plant


Would you like to take these courses? What books would fit into these classes?

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