Thursday, July 05, 2007
A key component of your eighth grade experience is the novels you will read in English class and your ability to make connections to the world today and other classes. Since you will have to read several books throughout the school year, I figure I should be well-versed in the books as well, right?
Therefore, I decided to brush up on some books that I know is part of the Eighth Grade curriculum. I started with To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Unbelievable! This book is incredible for several reasons. The characters are so ambitious and struggle with race and class issues that still exist today, despite the book taking place decades ago. Atticus Finch, one of the main characters wants to do what is best for his entire town and his kids; his selfless attitude is truly something that we all should strive to attain.
Next up? Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and then The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
Besides some school reading, I've caught up on Barack Obama's first book from 1995, Dreams From My Father, and A Clockwork Orange by William Burgess. I've been busy challenging myself; I hope you have been as well! Drop me a line and tell me what you've been reading this summer...
- Mr. Guditus