A Few Things…

Hey gang –

First of all, I need all of the transportation forms for the September 14th Team Building Day returned to me ASAP. Also, I need those students attending (and I hope it’s everyone) to sign up to bring a dish for the picnic. Let me know if you have any questions.

Second of all, here’s the schedule of reading homework for the upcoming week:

Monday – Margaret Atwood’s “Happy Endings” (our last short story for the time being)

Tuesday – First reading assignment from Crime and Punishment. Approx. 25-30 pgs.

Wednesday – Second reading assignment from Crime and Punishment. Approx. 25-30 pgs.

Thursday – Thursday reading assignment from Crime and Punishment. Approx. 25-30 pgs.

Friday – TBD number of pages of Crime and Punishment.

Finally, here is a PDF version of Atwood’s story (Monday’s HW).


This Week’s Readings

Per student request, I am posting the order in which we will read the stories posted here.

For Wednesday: Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

For Thursday: Kate Chopin’s “The Storm.”

For Friday: Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron.”

For Monday: Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.”

Also, be sure to acquire a copy of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. We’ll be starting it next week.

Short Stories for Weeks 1-2.

As part of IB lit, students will be reading a great deal of literature outside class. Generally speaking, the expectation will be that students complete a reading after school and return the next day ready to discuss that reading.

To facilitate this process, I am posting links and downloadable PDFs of all of the short stories we will be covering in our first several weeks of class. I recommend students print off the documents and annotate them as they read, bringing in their marked copies to class the next day.

John Updike’s “A&P.”

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

Kate Chopin’s “The Storm.”

Ernest Hemingway’s “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.”

James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues.”

Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use.”

Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies.”

Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron.”

Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.”

Welcome to My IB Lit Blog!

This blog exists to keep students and parents abreast of all that we are accomplishing in IB Lit.  I plan to post inspiring photos, link to interesting or noteworthy articles, and use this space as a forum for dialogue between myself and my students.

Additionally, I will upload as many useful items (syllabuses, calendars, etc.) as possible to make life in IB just a little bit easier. Feel free to post comments or requests at any time!

To begin with, I’m posting the tentative course syllabus: Fall 2013 Course Syllabus.

Also, since the course requires that you purchase copies of all of the books we will read, here are some resources for inexpensive used books:

Local bookstores: A Capella Books and Bound to Be Read Books.

National booksellers that can ship to Atlanta: Powell’s BooksThe Strand Bookstore, and Half.com.

Buy the cheapest copies you can find, the edition doesn’t matter as long as the copy is unabridged.