- Topeka, Ka, United States
- member since October 27, 2007
Ed W’s last login was Sunday, September 19, 2010.
aw, yes. am definitely motivated to stay connected with shelfari in the spring. i receive a list of 30 nominated titles, for the heartland book award, to read before late august when the committee meets. we narrow to 10 items to promote for students to read during the year then vote on a favorite in april. have met some authors at the literature festival held at KU in October. :)
I just saw your post today of November and it's after finals. . . so, well of all the fiction that American kids ought to be able to discuss, in my opinion, Huckleberry Finn ought to be required to graduate high school. Twain is a master of dialect, human nature, humor, and at times, profound thinking, and it's NOT any kids in school. Could be taught anytime, but usually in the 11th grade. There used to be a canon of readings, (with a heavy dose of Billy Shakespeare) that it was assumed to be educated, you could discuss. Those times, for good or bad, are LONG GONE. There are other books as well, but I'll stick to Huck Finn as the number one must read.
Hmm.. It really depends on your taste in books. I think that most of the really significant/meaningful books were covered-- (however, I would encourage a greater emphasis on non-American literature. I have a certain passion for Slavic/Russian literature!) But overall, English is one of the best, (and my personal favorite) taught subjects at Jeff West.
Well, aren't you a reading speed demo now, huh?! :)
So, on the girl side of things, try Things Change by Patrick Jones. The main character is a girl performing at average or above then starts dating a guy who isn't a good for her in MANY respects. The author is a librarian (have seen him speak a few times, read his non-fiction librarian books) and adds some cornball, older music references in the book but still a good message is found within.
My ONE fiction recommedation for you would be Code Orange by Cooney. High school boy as the main character, slacking in keeping up with assignments - specifically a research project for biology/english. Though set in NY, very relatable and thought it would be something you could suggest to reluctant guy readers who may have same work ethic as "Mitty" Mitchell in the story.
This book really helped me a lot. I found out a few years back that I have rheumatoid arthritis. It's been hard. I'm on chemotherapy once a week to help with the imflammation...it is no fun, but everything that doesn't kill me makes me stronger, right? Reading Michael's story motivated me beyond the self-pity stage and reminded me of all I have to be grateful for! By the way, I am truly thankful for the two years I got to teach with you as my administrator. I learned so much from you (like "Don't inherit the problem!")
Things Change by Patrick Jones, Jude by Morgenrath, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time, Crispin by Ave, Bound by Napoli, Son of the Mob by Korman, Petey by Mikaelsen (visited our school (11/7), SIngle Shard, Toxin by Cook - almost all are YA fiction (except Toxin)
Am enjoying Poison Ivy right now - bullying, classroom trial
Fiction rocks! It's my escape from all the pressures of life. Having said that, I DO have a non-fiction book on my list...Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox. It's worth a look--he is incredibly honest about his struggle with Parkinson's and the whole Hollywood scene.