The Big, Unwieldy List will be quite long and difficult to manage. : )
It is an ever-growing list of the titles that teachers might use in a classroom.
As discussed on the Overarching Philosophies page, WHAT we read in class doesn't matter nearly as much as HOW we read. When we focus on WHAT, we aim for particular understandings of a particular text. When we focus on HOW, we aim to build our students' ability to make meaning out of any text. Students can find a theme in "Mother to Son" or Beowulf or Twelfth Night or The Giver or "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Students can practice their understanding of characterization or point of view or different structures by reading any piece we decide to study. Focusing on HOW we read builds our students' skill and gives us an opportunity to consider many different titles for use in the classroom.
If the First-Read List takes away a title, The Big, Unwieldy List should offer ten or fifteen other titles that a teacher could choose from instead. The Big, Unwieldy List will also have direct links to book previews and resource materials for each title.
[updated October 12, 2015]
This list is likely to be unfinished forever. We will always continue to add titles and resources.
Please check all three draft documents before providing feedback.