Teaching 13 Reasons Why
Submitted by Kathy_Tracey on April 17, 2017 - 8:32pm
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I read Jay Asher's YA book 13 Reasons Why about 2 years ago. It's a story about a young girl who commits suicide and her friend who tries to find out why. While the story deals with very difficult mental health topics, Netflix has created the next bing watching experience. Since it's launch two weeks ago, 13 Reasons Why has taken Netflix, and the Internet, by storm. This popularity provides educators with a wealth of teaching strategies and connections.
- Read the book in class. Have students compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the book and the series.
- Create a Community Resource Guide: Help students identify resources for mental health, suicide awareness, bullying (among others) and create a community resource.
- Introduce O. Henry's “The Gift of the Magi” and talk about themes in literature.
- Have students write a prompt at the end of each chapter.
- Check out more ideas with Penguin's Educator's Guide.
Using current trends in movies, TV, (Netflix) and books can be a perfect way to bring relevance into the classroom. Is anyone watching this series? If so, how would you use it in the classroom?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.