English I Honors (9th grade):
- Great Expectations
- Romeo and Juliet
- The Importance of Being Earnest
- Of Mice and Men
- The Odyssey
- Tom Sawyer
American Lit (11th grade):
Chronological everything, from early Native American oral tradition to contemporary poetry. I flipped through the textbook, and I'm not liking some of the stuff they picked from authors I usually like. There's no "Rip Van Winkle" or "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" for Irving, a single essay from Melville (hello?! Where's "Bartelby"? Or "Benito Cereno"?), nothing good from Hawthorne (I'll just have to find "Young Goodman Brown" or "Rappacini's Daughter".)--basically, it reads like an anthology of B-sides from famous American authors. They should call the textbook What They Also Wrote because very little of it is the best, famousest stuff. And really, this is high school. They can just read the famous stuff for a while longer.
On the upside, lots of my paperwork, such as drafting semester exams and course syllabi, is pretty much done. Woot.
Now I can start getting some really good thinking done.