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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:

"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