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Friday, August 31st, 2007
10:09 am
Short Stories
The plan for my Fiction class is an analysis of fiction and literary devices through short stories.  I've been collecting a bunch and here are the ones I found that I think the kids will find engaging:

A Modest Proposal(Classic), A Telephone Call(Highly Recommend), All Summer in a Day(I have to fight tears every time I read it), Girl(Can be difficult), The Cask of Amontillado(Yeah!), The Dream of a Ridiculous Man(Dostoevsky!),
The Flowers(Weird), The Gift of The Magi(all-time favorite), The Lottery(Shall we play), The Ransom of the Red Chief(I love O'Henry), The story of an Hour(Good character analysis), Young Goodman Brown(comes highly recommended).

That's my collection.  What's yours?  What are your favorite stories to teach?
8:43 am
Some greek stories, links and a question
 First here's a collection of stories that I have collected so far.  In alphabetical order! (Printing them out, means not spending money on the book)



Creation of the World

King Midas

Phaeton and the Chariot of the Sun

The Creation of Man by Prometheus

The Story of Arachne

The Wanderings of Dionysus

Zeus Lovers

Let me know if you have anymore stories.  Are there any stories that the students seem to prefer more?

And here's a question:

I have a general outline for a hex. I am planning to spend the first three weeks teaching about Gods.  You know, like who they are and their backgrounds.  Test that at mid-hex.  The do a group project where they plus 2 more students select a story.  Read it and present it to the entire class with a visual.  

Is it too much or too little?  What concerns should I have?
8:39 am
Welcome Alternative English Teachers of Minneapolis! (How's this for a title?)

This blog is meant to share the curriculum between us.  And by curriculum I mean materials and ideas.  Anyone is welcome to use anything and everything from this website.

Here's how it works:

Every article will have a tag such as: Greek Mythology, Fiction, Non-fiction, Speech, short stories, plays, comedies, etc.  If you click on that tag, you will find all articles (posts) related to said subject.  Hopefully this will be the only post without a tag.

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If you join Livejournal, you will be able to post to this website as well, but if you don't feel like doing it, just e-mail me questions or article or whatever and I'll post them.

I'm positive I didn't cover everything, but if you have any questions feel free to ask them by commenting to this post.  In fact I'd like to ask you to comment if you were able to read this.  Just so we can know for sure that we can use this website.  Ok?
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