I'm almost done wrapping up "Romeo and Juliet" with my freshmen. We are reading the original text, and I have given them the "No Fear Shakespeare" edition as well. It's taking a long time, and the students are overly bored, but my co-teacher is happy because it's taking up the whole block. Then she complains that it's too much for them. I'm not exactly sure what she wants from me most days. Anyway, I'm not sure what your stance is on this, but many teachers in the ELA Department don't even read the whole thing. They just show the movie or provide the kids with a summary on what happens. I'm worried as we approach the novella "Night." It's REALLY short, but the co-teacher wants to abridge that as well. When I was in high school, over ten years ago, we read the entirety of "Romeo and Juliet". We finished whatever we started. I don't know if it's a good idea to adapt to this new "abridged" mentality. What do you think?