Back to School Blogger Challenge Assingment Shett

Day 2: If you were/are an English Teacher, share with us your dream lesson plan as far as reading assignments.

Back when I was young enough to make these sorts of decisions, I was an English Major and then realized I would have to teach with that degree if I wanted to do anything of worth with it. Well not of worth, but anything that actually used my literature knowledge…makes sense right? There are no jobs that allows you just to read and analyze classical literature all day long and get paid for it. At least, if they do – I am unaware of these careers.

But, with the patience of a fruit fly, I knew teaching was not the career for me. Hence, art… because you can make such great careers out of art. Yet, I still had a lesson plan all worked out, so based on the books that I could read and read and read again, discuss, read again, discuss some more and then read and mock the people that didn’t “get” these particular titles.

Walt Whitman

Selected Poems of Walt Whitman

Let us start with a bit of poetry…I am the first to admit my distaste for classic American literature, but Walt Whitman, as always is unique. For some reason, in all my Lit classes, we studied Thoreau and Emerson and brushed upon Whitman. Whitman needs a whole 9 weeks.

Beautiful Women
WOMEN sit, or move to and fro—some old, some young;
The young are beautiful—but the old are more beautiful than the young.

How can you argue with that?

English Lesson Plan

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Moving on from American Poetry to a bit of romantic English Lit. Pride and Predjudice has always been my favorite. Might as well try to pass on the love to a younger generation.

Ok, kissy kissy is over with – now let’s go dark. Dystopian. Real dystopian. I’m not talking, cute girls with braids learn how to shoot a bow and arrow and lament about which boy to love. No, I’m talking, run around naked, hopped up on the insanity of life that is this screwed up world – kind of dystopian.

Must Reads

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley | 1984 by George Orwell

Now that we are thinking…let’s think some more, why don’t we?

BOoks to make you think

Plato’s The Republic

Now that we’ve delved into some Western Philosophy, community and individual responsibility, let’s get more political, but with fun SciFi metaphors…

Classic Literature you need to read


And if we have time in the year…I might consider these gems…

Lord of the Flies Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Hamlet
 The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings  Dracula   Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1) by Douglas Adams   Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet #1) by Orson Scott Card   A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

 

Now it’s your turn…