At last, I will be able to prepare for my classes today!
The last three weeks have been nothing but department and building issues; “putting out fires” is what I tell people I’ve been doing. We have one English position to fill, which will be filled with a substitute until the five day hiring window closes. I think all of the new teachers are feeling pretty good about the start of the year, and I’m feeling pretty good, too.
I’m going to set up my first two weeks for Survey of American Literature where we will begin Fools Crow by James Welch and read a number of Native American tales and start some colonial writings.
In Mythology I have my students begin by knowing the Olympian Household (the basic gods and goddesses on Mt. Olympus) including the Greek and Roman names, the realms, and the symbols. Then we start reading the creation story as a class since it’s about the most abstract part of the course.
In Sophomore Honors I’m starting with A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I go through a PowerPoint with kids detailing the social, political, and economic context of the novel before reading the first chapter together. Then the students can read independently at night, and we discuss most of the period the next day. I also throw in some quick quizzes to see who read and work on our weekly vocabulary words.
I’m very much looking forward to this school year. Once all of the politics and personal issues are left in the offices, I love getting to work with the kids. It’s going to be a good year!