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6 Books to Read for Global Perspective

Global perspective is something everyone should have. Thanks to super fast transportation and instant connection via our devices, we quite literally have the world at our fingertips. As exciting as this new frontier is, it can be overwhelming (and scary) for students that haven’t received a global perspective in their education as the world is becoming more and more globalised each and every day.

Global Perspective is needed in our Classrooms

Global perspective in the classroomOne of the best ways to help students prepare to interact in a global society is to allow them into the world, rather than confining them to the walls of the classroom. And, what better way to transport students than with books?Below is a list of the six books with a worldwide perspective that children around the world are reading right now (and why you should consider bringing them into your high school lessons now.)

Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

Tomorrow when the war began by John MarsdenTaught in Australia, Marsden’s novel demonstrates the power of a fighting spirit while acknowledging the fear of danger that resides deep in all of us.


The Wars by Timothy Findley

The Wars by Timothy FindleyA Canadian classic, Findley’s iconic novel honestly depicts the brutality of war while teaching how to “come to terms” with the world in a unique way. 


Sub Terra by Baldomero Lillo

Sub Terra 1A collection of short stories from Chile. Lillo brings an understanding of how different today’s world is from even just a century ago by revealing the “dangerous existence” of coal miners working in southern Chile. 


The Days by Taha Hussein

The DaysAn autobiography by one of Egypt’s most influential writers, Taha Hussein. The Days is taught in the classroom because of its ability to communicate the importance of knowledge while simultaneously demonstrating the dangers of ignorance. Definitely imbibes a global perspective in children.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeThis is a novel taught regularly in Ghana and Nigeria. Things Fall Apart is a complex look at African traditionalism, offering a critical view at the “drawbacks of African and tribal masculinity.” 


Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hirata

The Rainbow Troops by Andrea HirataA true story from Indonesia, Rainbow Troops (or Laskar Pelangi, as it’s known in its native language) follows the events of ten Indonesian students and their teachers who learn the importance of concepts like sacrifice, dedication, optimism, and friendship.


Improving Students Growth Mindset

The beauty of bringing global perspective literature to your classroom is that it opens the door to the rest of the world.  Inviting in important conversations, discussions and perspectives. Which are necessary for growth and success in today’s world.

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Global perspective is of-course very important in the current era, irrespective of the level of your education. This is even more important for school level children as they start learning; they need to broaden their vision.
29 April 2019 9:25 am 29 April 2019 9:25 am
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I am a K-12 Australian Teacher, with 25+ years of teaching experience. My Honours research investigated how teachers succeed in teaching English in a TEFL context. Originally from the UK, I lived and worked for 15 years in the Pacific Islands. During that time I was Principal of a school for 5 years, training teachers, teaching a class, and building a school from the ground up. I'm now back in Australia teaching and having fun!