Wednesday, May 21, 2008


So. We have one day - ONE - of post-planning. And I have to get my grades done and have things boxed up/packed ready to change rooms. AND...
I will be teaching English II next year. Thus far I've only taught English I (and electives). I'm a little nervous - I know I can do it, but I've never bothered to look at the standards, and the material will be new as well. Having taught English I for three years, now, I'm very confident with the material. I'm not relishing the fumbley feeling I remember from starting new units.

Plus? I have to teach Julius Caesar. YUCK! I'm really hoping that maybe, if I beg just right, I can get permission to buy a class set of Othello and do that instead.

We'll have King Arthur instead of Odysseus. We'll still do short stories and poetry. I like the novel selection for English II much better - I can do my dystopian unit and go into more depth, though I'll need to restructure the assessment, so that if I get students who had me for English I they can't just re-do the project from before!

And I'll actually have to do research PAPERS, not just projects. *wince* I will need to teach them well, because it's going to suck reading a bunch of 'tinky papers.


HappyChyck said...

English is English...You'll be fine! It will be a grand adventure!

I'm not a fan of teaching Julius Caesar, either. Shakespeare has so many other plays that engage the students better! I taught it a few years, but I ditched it when nobody was looking. When questioned, my rationale was that students at that school studied some Shakespeare for 3 out of 4 years. There ARE other authors to enjoy in the world! In any case, I'd be running to the Folger's website.

Enjoy summer!

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