For the first time in my teaching career, I have two Honors classes. I came in to the classroom this year as eager and ambitious as they. They are a delightful and energetic group of young adults, and over 90% are college bound. They possess such humor and unique perspectives on issues. It is truly amazing to me to see such young adults accept each other regardless of background and tastes. There are no cliques or labels among them. They are all simply students, young adults ... People.
These students strive to do their best and always rise to a challenge.
They work hard because they are driven to do their best, and as their teacher I want to make sure I can give them the tools they need to succeed professionally and personally. They do their best to make me proud, and so I want to do whatever I can to make them proud.
My Honors classes were up to the task of studying novels that were out of the ordinary, challenging, and vivid. When I consulted our school's book list, that included inventory of each title, it showed we had "Lord of the Rings." My classes became excited, I started teaching background knowledge and examining Tolkien's style and then we found out that it was a typo. Our campus doesn't possess the books. We have no copies of the novels to complete this challenge with my students.
These novels would be a fresh challenge for analyzing writing styles, author's purpose, character development and interaction, plot development, themes, and tropes (The Hero's Quest is an excellent example).
This trilogy can be taught in alignment to all of the Florida Standards for Language Arts that will be covered in the 2018-2019 school year (and years to come). I have long studied Tolkien's Middle-Earth and can easily adapt lessons and the material to align with our state standards to ensure rigorous instruction.
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