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Sunday Evening


Apple blossoms with a backdrop of apple blossoms.

Gorgeous weekend here! I expect to hear screams of protest from my weeding/raking/digging muscles tomorrow.

I didn’t do much writing, but my current manuscript was never far from my thoughts. I’ve reached the point in the revision process where I have to go back to places marked, “Fix this” or “Insert [whatever].”

My main character is a new kid at the high school in the FLASH BURNOUT universe. During the course of his first day he meets Blake. I first set the scene in photo class, then found myself reluctant to travel that familiar terrain. I guess I’m all written out on the subject of photography.

So now they meet in English class. I’m trying to decide which book or play the class will be reading first. Want to weigh in?

It’s an 11th grade Honors English class.

What book or play should my fictional class read first?

The Crucible
The Book Thief
Native Son
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Of Mice and Men
A Streetcar Named Desire
something else (list in comments)

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Apr. 12th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
Any of those would be good though (with the exception of Book Thief obvs) in my school we'd done those in 9th & 10th as I recall. I believe in 11th we did Dracula, Grapes of Wrath and Brave New World, and a long section on beat poetry, and the Oresteia and the Tempest on the classics tip.
Apr. 12th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Oooh, good ones. (Can't do Dracula - they did that last year!) :-)
Apr. 12th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
The Grapes of Wrath is the assigned summer reading for honors 11th-grade English in my town. Many of the choices you have were done in the younger grades here (weird but true). They did The Crucible in 11th-grade advanced and honors English, though. S is in advanced English (on a par with most school's honors - our honors is AP-level), and she just finished The Scarlet Letter. Also did Maggie, A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane and Huck Finn.

But I second what AM said - find one with themes that work for your book.
Apr. 12th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
I vote for whichever one has similar themes to your book so you can weave allusion in throughout.

Also, what state is it in? That might help if it's realistic. In Virginia, 11th grade is American lit, generally, so my tendency is one of the American ones, but I don't know if that's national--probably not.
Apr. 12th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
You're right - I checked my "forecast guide" for one of the local high schools, and 11th grade is all about American lit!
Apr. 12th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
I'm lj illiterate, but I agree with Jenn on Grapes of Wrath - don't leave high school without (reading) it. Oh! And Tale of Two Cities. My daughter suggested Midsummer Night's Dream; it's her fave Shakespeare along with Twelfth Night. Only books I remember reading & enjoying in 11th grade English were Red Badge of Courage and Look Homeward, Angel. That was in Connecticut. What *is* standard for 11th grade honors in Oregon?

Love to hear that Blake is back!
Apr. 12th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Debbie! I just checked ... it's American lit in 11th grade here in the Beaver State. :-)
Apr. 12th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
Now I know it's spring when you start posting garden pictures! :-)
Apr. 12th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Maria!!
Apr. 12th, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
We do American Lit for 11th grade around here -- and when I taught it I was very chronological. So we'd start with the Puritans. But I added in The Crucible for a tie-in to the 20th century.
Apr. 12th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
You're right - I checked my "forecast guide" for a local h.s. - it's American lit!
Apr. 12th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)

Or you could get meta and have them read Flash Burnout!
Apr. 12th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
Apr. 13th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
We had to read Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Tartuffe. Just don't pick A Midsummer Night's Dream, plz. So many books choose that one. Oh, and loved Flash Burnout btw. =)
Apr. 13th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!
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