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Looking Closely At Dystopia
My students need 40 copies of "Brave New World" for their AP English Literature and Compositions course.
The best way to truly understand a novel is to be able to interact with it: highlight important passages, write in questions when the character does something you don't understand, and offer comments about plot twists that received your attention or maybe didn't get enough of your attention.
My class is comprised of all seniors, most of whom have never taken an AP class in their years in high school.
They are eager for information, and are excited for the literature that this course will open them up to. They are willing to take the rigors this course demands so they can better prepare for college.
My students need 40 copies of "Brave New World" for their AP English Literature and Compositions course. My students have never interacted with a novel in this intimate way. In the past they were loaned novels that they read, but because it belonged to the school, they could not write in it. I am sure they understood the plot in the most basic of ways, but they could not truly "own" the novel's complexity. They need to be able to read it closely and with that gain deeper meaning into the text, which I believe will lead them to passing the AP test at the end of the year.
As an English teacher, I have read quite a bit of my share of texts.
But the ones that I remember well, the ones that have made an impact on my view of the world, the ones that I re-read for deeper understanding - those are the books that have writing in them, that have pages crumpled from much abuse, and that have highlighting all throughout. That is what I want for my kids; that is the gift you can give them.
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