Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Crash Course in the Classics

With the amount of reading I do and my passion for books, one might assume (as my students do) that I have read every middle grade and young adult novel ever written - especially "the Classics".  Alas, this is far from the truth.  So far from the truth (gasp!), in fact, that it sometimes gets awkward when people ask me about Lord of the Flies and I just nod and say things like "yeah...Piggy...boys stranded on an island...sure..."

So, I've decided it was high time to do something about it.  In preparation for the next school year (which begins the Wednesday after Labor Day), I'm taking some time to read all of the books assigned to my students, starting with the ones they read during the school year, and then moving onto the summer reading list.  Here's what I'm reading:

6th Grade
The Little Prince
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

7th Grade
Animal Farm (read when I was in 7th grade, but deserves a re-read)
William Goldings Lord of the Flies

8th Grade
Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library) (read in 9th grade, but deserves a re-read)
To Kill a Mockingbird (read in 9th grade, but deserves a re-read)

Luckily, my school library has copies of everything, so I've been able to lay my hands on all of them.  On Thursday evening I read The Little Prince (What a precious book it is! Makes me ashamed to say that the first drawing does look like a hat).  Then, I read Lord of the Flies yesterday, during our long drive to the beach (A little confused about the details of what was happening with that whole parachute/beast thing, but once I got about 150 pages in and sh*t started getting real).  I'm about to dig into Roll of Thunder, which the 6th graders at my school seem to adore, so I have high expectations.

It's about time I got around to reading these books.  And this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what I haven't read.  Ashamed and embarrassed, but doing something about it.  Now if only I could get past page 12 of the Westing Game... 

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  1. I adored Roll of Thunder back in middle school. I think I went on to read the sequels, too, even though I only had to read the first one for school. The Westing Game was weird to get into, but once I was there I was practically in the zone. The Auto Zone. (isn't it sad how many phrases my brain automatically turns into commercials?)

  2. Roll of Thunder was such a page turner! I was so angsty waiting to see how it would end and so fearful for everyone's safety. I think I'll have to read the sequels this year. I'm planning to give the Westing Westing Game a second look as well.