It’s not that hard to relate most content in a high school class to the students’ lives. Just about anything can connect to dating, friendship, betrayal, family, or culture. For example, when I teach how to write an essay introduction, I explain that guys don’t just approach chicks and say, “Hey, let’s go out.” Usually, there is some kind of lead-in to the main point, like, “Hey, don’t we have third period together? Do you understand the project she assigned last week? That class is fun, huh? The teacher is so cool and I really learn a lot from her. What do you think? Oh yeah? Hey, well, did you want to maybe team up to work on that project? Oh, you already have a partner? Well, do you maybe want to go out to eat and see a movie on Saturday?” I explain that the guy had a hook, lead-in, and topic sentence, just like their essay introductions should. Easy, huh? All I have to do is make them think that something in the class relates to them and their lives. When they ask, “what does this have to do with me?” it may be ironic if you are discussing Narcissus in mythology, but it’s also a good question that teachers benefit from answering thoughtfully!