Busy, Busy, Busy


I have spent the last two days working hard with Nanci and my new colleague, Sparker. Her first name is actually Sarah, but I can’t call her that here, because I already have a Sarah. I think this might be the first time someone ever asked me to help design rather than simply implement a curriculum. It is rewarding to feel like I have so much input into what I’ll be doing, as well as ownership over the whole deal. I’m worn out. Nanci is so energetic. She makes me feel tired. In a good way.

My task over the weekend is to scope out the bookstore for any books I’d like to get either as novel selections or supplemental materials (oh, twist my arm). I have never had the luxury of actually getting everything I really want for my students. In fact, I’ve rarely had the luxury of getting everything they need. I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven.

I also need to do a draft of the CP 2 curriculum. Daunting. But I have some examples of the regular CP and Honors curriculum as well as the ones Randal wrote.

I am supposed to finalize a list of novel selections, plays, anthologies, and supplementary materials. So far, this is what I’ve decided I would like:

9th Grade Novels

10th Grade Novels (American Lit.)

Supplementary Texts, Professional Literature, Teacher Guides

I have also decided which plays we’re doing in each grade. They’re all in their text books, except The Crucible, Arthur Miller. The other two plays not included in their texts are required summer reading, so I didn’t bother counting them here. I’m doing Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare, and Antigone, Sophocles with 9th and The Little Foxes, Lillian Helman and The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams for 10th.

My brain hurts. I need a bath.


2 thoughts on “Busy, Busy, Busy

  1. Sounds like a great list. The Awakening is my favourite book. Unfortunately, I only came across it last summer, but since then I've read it three or four times. It's the one book I've actually been able to reread like that all the way through again. It's a fantastic novel. Chopin's short stories are wonderful, too. And, Cold Sassy Tree is another good one. Read that last summer, too and despite my hesitation to do so, I really enjoyed it. (I also love the author's name – Olive Ann.) All of this reading makes me wish I was back in high school (or even college) just so I would "have" to read them all.

  2. I just wanted to say I am still checkin' in on you. I like your radio blog right now too. Except for Extreme ;-P

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