Looking for a new book to teach next semester? Need some ideas on how to teach that next book you’re about to start? Click below for our guides to some of the most popular books being taught today.

Each guide includes:

  • A basic synopsis of the plot
  • Key educational objectives for the book
  • Content warnings on violence, alcohol and drug use, and sexual content
  • Literary elements and techniques to address
  • Important Themes and Motifs
  • Related works to pair with the book
  • Descriptions of film versions
  • Useful external resources
  • Elements your students may love or hate

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# - C D - F G - H I - N O - R S - Z

# - C

Title
Author
George Orwell
Paulo Coelho
Frank McCourt
Sophocles
Kate Chopin
Unknown
Edgar Allan Poe
Richard Wright
Rudolfo Anaya
Toni Morrison
Markus Zusak
Aldous Huxley
Jack London
J.D. Salinger
Robert Cormier
Charles Dickens
Arthur Miller

D - F

Title
Author
Arthur Miller
Veronica Roth
Henrik Ibsen
Bram Stoker
Orson Scott Card
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James Houston
Eric Schlosser
August Wilson
Laurie Halse Anderson
Mary Shelley
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
H.G. Bissinger

G - H

Title
Author
Lois Lowry
Jeannette Walls
Tennessee Williams
John Steinbeck
Charles Dickens
F. Scott Fitzgerald
John Gardner
William Shakespeare
Margaret Atwood
Gary Paulsen
Joseph Conrad
Kathryn Stockett
John Hersey
J.R.R. Tolkien
Suzanne Collins

I - N

Title
Author
Malala Yousafzai
Truman Capote
Jon Krakauer
Jon Krakauer
Ralph Ellison
Charlotte Brontë
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
Khaled Hosseini
Randy Pausch
Yann Martel
Rick Riordan
Chris Cleave
William Golding
William Shakespeare
Art Spiegelman
James Dashner
Jojo Moyes
William Shakespeare
Suzanne Collins
Elie Wiesel
Lois Lowry

O - R

Title
Author
Sophocles
John Steinbeck
Gabriel García Márquez
Chrstina Baker Kline
William Shakespeare
Thornton Wilder
Malcolm Gladwell
S.E. Hinton
John Steinbeck
Marjane Satrapi
Barbara Kingsolver
Jane Austen
Lorraine Hansberry
William Shakespeare

S - Z

Title
Author
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Sue Monk Kidd
John Knowles
Herman Hesse
Kurt Vonnegut
Laurie Halse Anderson
Albert Camus
Tennessee Williams
Ernest Hemmingway
Charles Dickens
William Shakespeare
Edward Bloor
Sharon M. Draper
Zora Neale Hurston
Chinua Achebe
Khaled Hosseini
Mitch Albom
Melba Pattillo Beals
Brian Selznick
Emily Brontë