I'm in need of some suggestions. We just finished state testing today, and had planned on doing a short story next week before we start our poetry unit. I had everyone sold on doing Legend of Sleepy Hollow because of the great language and descriptions and vocabulary and... just everything, I think it's a great story. But as I was reading through to pick out figurative language, I came across the mentions of ghosts and witchcraft and one mention of Satan. I was basically told this will not fly with our parents. We can draft a letter to the parents and make preemptive phone calls to the ones we worry about the most. Which would be fine, except I'm going to be out at a conference for the majority of the time we're reading it, and my SAC is afraid that the one parent that calls will be of one of my students and they'll call while I'm out of town and can't do anything about it! We thought about doing The Lottery, but it's only 8 pages, and I'm out for four days. Any suggestions would be so greatly apprecaited. The biggest thing is that I'm looking for something that will last at least those four days I'm out. I'm so looking forward to this conference and I want to be able to enjoy it and know my students are actually doing something of value instead of four days of busy work.