English teachers- What is your favorite piece of literature to teach?

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  1. Engteach13

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    What is your favorite peice of literature to teach? I thought long and hard and I am going to say The Great Gatsby. I love all the symbolism, themes, time period....I'm not teaching it this year.:(
     
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  3. Ms.H

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    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein comes to my mind first-- the students get into it easily, it really engages both the readers' emotions and minds, there are plenty of debatable questions to discuss, and it is always fun to see the students' surprise when the "monster" turns out to be different from what they've seen in movies and cartoons. (They get quite indignant when they see the 1930's movie version after having read the novel!)
     
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    Hmmm...I love teaching Frankenstein too, and 1984 - it's amazing how relevant that novel is today. We bring in a lot of news articles and have Socratic circles on privacy rights and free speech.
     
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    We teach a YA novel called Speak in 9th grade. It so rich in language, symbolism, metaphors and similes, and voice. I love teaching it with my students.

    To Kill a Mockingbird is another favorite, but it is one of my favorite novels.
     
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    English 11 students read Speak, then The Great Gatsby, then my favorite: The Scarlet Letter.

    Is there any story like The Scarlet Letter?
     
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    I love teaching The Odyssey. Any Shakespeare follows--I have only taught R&J, but get to work with Julius Caesar this year.

    I am also exapnding a "coming of age" unit from last year, which includes fiction and nonfiction, which ties in nicely with the Telemacheia from Odyssey and the young lovers in R&J.
     
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    I love teaching anything Shakespeare (R&J, Othello, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, MacBeth).

    I also love anything Steinbeck.

    Lord of the Flies is great fun, too.
     
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    Odyssey, hands down. I also love Lord of the Flies but I don't get much chance to teach it - I don't often have 10th graders.
     
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    I love teaching The Crucible and A Raisin in the Sun.
     
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    @dovian: nyah, nyah. We're starting Lord of the Flies NEXT WEEK. We've been doing some short stories and scenarios, and I have my students all primed and enraged about all the horrible effects an abuse of authority can have an why everyone should just be able to do what they want all the time. Mwah, ha ha. Let the debates begin . . .

    But, seriously. My fave so far has to be Hamlet, though. And The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Which I taught together. I don't teach seniors now though :( We had a blast with what I like to call my "undiscovered country" unit last year.
     
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    First year teacher here, so haven't taught too many novels yet.

    Right now we're doing The Scarlet Letter in my 9th grade classes, and I am absolutely loving it! My students tend to think it's really "cool" the way that Hawthorne ties together the different elements of the story.

    The entire 9th grade year is American Lit, so I'm going to get to teach The Great Gatsby, Black Boy, and The Catcher in the Rye this year, which I'm very excited about.

    We're also doing The Bluest Eye in my 11th grade class in either January or April (I'm thinking January, at this point), and I'm incredibly interested to see how my 11th graders do with the text.
     
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    I love teaching Julius Caesar, but a lot of my kids detest it. I think my admiration stems from the fact that it's one of the few real challenging works in our book. Most of our stories are so literal with few symbolic references or challenging themes.
     
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    I'm not an english teacher, but surpisingly, i majored in english, too. It's not completely decided yet, but i may be teaching it next year as well. I've been thinking about it, and if/when i teach it, i will be sure to cover Empire Falls, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and The Great Gatsby.... oh, and you can't forget King Lear. (I'll be teaching AP lit and comp.)
     

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