Today was a pretty typical day for a Monday on St. Paul Island: the kids were tired, I was a little groggy, and a little more prodding to get work done was required. What was different was that I could see the light at the end of the tunnel for the current novel we're reading, A Distant Enemy. It's not that I find myself "caved in" by the novel, it's just that my students find themselves uninterested in the text. The plot isn't as exciting as a movie, a video game, or even walking around the island and standing in front of the store. Fair enough. Fair enough. Nothing really competes with scamming on AC Store patrons to a newly released student on a school day afternoon, let alone the story of another kid who could be sitting across the table from them. I suppose I wouldn't be jumping for joy to read a story about another middle class, white girl who attends a boring school where nothing catastrophical happens. But then again, I was that white yuppy who loved reading just about anything that a teacher put in my hand. I trusted their opinion of literature because hey, they were the teacher. I suppose wanting a little of that in return isn't such a huge request. But I digress...
So today was spent making the final decision on what my students would be reading next. The nail is in the coffin for a few titles, but there are some that are still up in the air. They are:
|High School ELA II|
|High School ELA I|
|Possible title for High School ELA I|
I'll keep you posted.