High School Reading Lists for Performance Interview

Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by ChangeAgent, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. ChangeAgent

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    Jun 18, 2007

    Hello all!

    I have a performance interview later this week (just found out a little while ago), and am still tossing around some ideas. The prompt is as follows:

    I just received the e-mail, and will call tomorrow for some clarifications (if the lesson is supposed to be only 20 minutes, or if I'm only presenting 20 minutes of a larger lesson; what resources are available--chalkboard/dry-erase board, TV, CD player, etc.).

    However, if anyone could offer some suggestions of novels you teach (or know your peers do) at the high school level, I would appreciate it. Preferrably, I figure I'd aim for 10th grade. However, some of my existing ideas range from 9th to 12th.

    Here are some considerations:

    - Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
    --I have been waiting to tie this in with the recent Paris Hilton events, as I think she would provde a great opening for a story about choices, fame, and consequences; yes, I know this is a "play," not a "novel," but I find them to be the same for the prompt (but will also inquire about this).

    - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
    --A wonderfully engaging book whose narrator is a 15-year-old boy with autism who goes off on a quest to find out who killed his dog, and finds out much more; this may touch closely with students with disabilities; it is also a wonderful study of empathy and human relationships

    - The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    --A challenging task as many students would shy away from Hawthorne. However, contemporary issues of sexuality can be discussed, offering a fresh look at this classic.

    - Whale Talk by Chris Cutcher
    --A book tackling racism, cliques, outcasts, sports, and high school life. This book as so many possibilities. A look at power relationships and cliques at school may be the most overreaching of themes, but there is also issues of abuse. A few video clips from Mean Girls may even be possible!

    I really enjoy the Doctor Faustus idea, bu Whale Talk may be best. The issue of only twenty minutes to both introduce a book and key vocabulary is daunting, though! I could spend an hour-and-a-half introducing the book, the author and the major themes we will be looking at--let alone vocabulary words!

    I may as well sketch a unit plan if I am to write an introductory lesson. Think big, then focus on the specifics of the opening lesson.

    Any thoughts/ideas?

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