La. English teachers use classic, modern novels to engage students

English teachers at West Monroe High School in Louisiana are using a mix of classic novels and newer fiction in their literature lessons. Novels, such as "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Fahrenheit 451," have themes relevant to students, and the newer genre of young-adult fiction is producing stories, such as the Harry Potter series and "Ender's Game," that appeal to students, said teacher Ashlee Bell. "We're looking for books that may be more modern, but with writing that's classic and timeless," Bell said.

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