Picking Up Great Literary Essay Topics For High School: 5 Suggestions


Regardless of the age of the kids that you are teaching, it is very easy as a teacher to find yourself in a never-ending rut when it comes to the topics that you assign. After all, there is something to be said about the adage “If it isn’t broken don’t fix it.” You may have been teaching for years, or you may be new to teaching and find yourself falling back on the topics that you were assigned back in your days at high school.

However, students thrive on change. They need to be stimulated; they need drama. While Shakespeare is still a brilliant source of inspiration we now live in the age of the internet, and the teachers that move with the times by successfully meshing the old with the new, the past with the present are the ones that consistently produce high-flying students.

So, just how do you pick up great literary topics for high school? Here are my 5 suggestions:

Brainstorm with colleagues

There is nothing like a couple of glasses of wine after the end of a busy day with your workmates to loosen the lips and limber up the brain cells. Learning is meant to be a fun experience, and some of the most creative topics have been devised in this manner. Take Shakespeare out of his comfort zone and put him in the modern day world. How would he cope? Has the world really changed at all, or are the situations and dramas that played out in his tragedies ever-present in today’s world?

Go straight to the horse’s mouth

Why not ask the kids themselves what they want to write about. Young people often feel disregarded and left out of major decision-making processes. Empower them by operating an inclusive classroom! You might be pleasantly surprised by what they come up with.

The internet

The internet is full of teaching resources. Many local authorities have created informative sites and member’s only areas where you can dive in and access the materials available. The beauty of this is that you can do your planning and pull together your resources and materials at a time that is truly suitable for yourself.

The literary masters

I am sure that you have a few of the literary greats lingering around on your Kindle. Grab yourself a cup of tea and lose yourself in them. You will soon find all of the inspiration that you need.

Recommended reading material

The school or college that you work for will most likely have a curriculum that they follow and reading lists associated with that. There is no harm in reverting to basics from time to time!

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