I’ve gotten to a point in the school year which I try to avoid like the dickens, but for some odd reason/poor planning, my classes are covering three different texts at the same time:
7th Grade - The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
8th Grade - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
9/10th Grade – the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
One of the reasons why I try to avoid the layering of textual studies is because it’s an awful lot for one teacher to master, create effective lessons around, and keep all the damn story lines straight. For all I know, I might get up in front of class and start asking the students to justify Romeo’s decision to join the Career Tributes in his quest to gain revenge on the Socs.
The good news about this particular trifecta is that I’ve read all three multiple times, and with the help of the greatest resource ever, the internet, I’ve found a few new lesson plans to keep my unit plans from going stale.
But because I’ve been refreshing my brain with daily doses of these titles, I haven’t been spending any time reading for my own pleasure, which puts my April goal of reading The Clash of Kings.
Maybe that’s all for the best because I’m having a hard time keeping all the characters straight. I should have read something a little less complex before picking up the R.R. Martin series, you know like, The Odyssey.
With summer being right around the corner, I’ll have more time to devote to my reading. What a rough life I lead. I have a few titles in my Kindle all ready to roll. I found the abstracts on Goodreads.com :
Synopsis: Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
Synopsis:What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
Synopsis: Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It’s a miracle… at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn’t going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he’d be able to put the pieces back together. But there’s something that’s keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable…
What are you currently reading?
What titles are on your “To Read” list?