Last Thursday I wrote a post explaining how I feel about assigned reading. I wasn’t sure if a discussion would actually develop in the comments section, but to my delight many of you responded! You guys are the best!
A lot of people said that they agreed with my rather negative opinion on assigned reading, but some people disagreed. These readers offered several valid arguments as to why assigned reading can be a good thing, and I thought I would take the time to share a few of them with you.
It broadens your reading horizons.
Often times the books we’re assigned to read are ones we wouldn’t necessarily have picked up on our own. Whether you end up enjoying the book or not, it is always good to be exposed to new ideas, writing styles, authors, and genres.
Class discussions can be fun, engaging, and really helpful.
The only way to discuss a book with others effectively is if you’ve all read the same thing. This comes in handy when you don’t quite understand the novel because you can talk about it with your classmates and figure things out. It can also be a lot of fun!
Misery loves company.
Not that reading is misery (although it might be depending on the book, haha) but sometimes it can be rather… dull. With assigned reading, there are most likely many other people reading the same book alongside you. That’s way better than having to do it all on your own!
Thanks to all you optimistic people for helping me see the good in assigned reading! To keep this awesome conversation going, I have another question for you all today:
If you were a teacher, what types of books would you assign? (Classics? Modern literature? YA? Free choice? Others?)
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!