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Posted by thebigfunk, Sun Mar-18-01 07:32 AM

>Okay...gotta get back to my plans
>for Of Mice and Men.
>

Don't want to switch the topic too much, but I'm wondering how much leeway you have in selecting what literature you teach. I've heard lots of responses, from none-at-all to complete freedom.

I've found that lower-level teaching (middle school thru ninth grade) has a pretty strict curriculum that teachers must follow. Tenth grade thru senior, especially in gifted/AP courses, teachers have a lot more freedom in selecting what works they teach.

I just noticed that you were teaching Of Mice and Men, and while it's a great book, it's not something I would like to teach... however, since it's become such a large part of American High School canons, it seems inevitable if that's the grade level you move into...

A story slightly related is at this link:
http://chnmn.gmu.edu/ematters/issue4/readingmatters/gallager/gallager.html

-thebigfunk
"And you may ask yourself... what is that beautiful house?
And you may ask yourself... where does that highway go?
And you may ask yourself... Am I right? Am I wrong?
And you may ask yourself... MY GOD! WHAT HAVE I DONE!?!" - "Once In A Lifetime" - Talking Heads

"Trouble in transit/got through the roadblock/we blended with the crowd
We got computer/we're tapping phone lines/I know that ain't allowed
We dress like students/we dress like housewives/or in a suit and a tie
I changed my hairstyle/so many times now/I don't know what I look like!
You make me shiver/I feel so tender/we make a pretty good team
Don't get exhausted/I'll do some driving/you ought to get some sleep
Get you instructions/follow directions/then you should change your address
Maybe tomorrow/Maybe the next day/Whatever you think is best
Burned all my notebooks/What good are notebooks?/They won't help me survive...
My chest is aching/Burns like a furnace/The burning keeps me alive..." - "Life During Wartime" - Talking Heads