What Texts D’you Teach?
I’m in the market for new texts for my English Department and would appreciate any suggestions. Actually, there’s a little more to it than that, because I’m also curious to know what texts are currently being taught to pupils studying for Higher (and Int 2/Int 1) English in Scottish schools.
There is no longer a requirement to teach Scottish texts (why?), but I suspect that many of us are still doing so. I have a really good Higher class for next year, so will be teaching (introducing?) my class to Chris Guthrie and the end of an era in Sunset Song. But I also know that it is not everyone’s cup of tea. I love the book, and think I do a good job of teaching it, but have met plenty who have ended up — if not hating it — certainly apathetic towards it. Me? I blame the teacher! 😉
Anyway, I though I’d try and get a feel for what is being taught around the country so have set up a survey on Google Apps that I’d like to invite you to contribute to. Obviously, it is designed to get a feel for what is being taught in Scotland, but I would like to extend a cordial invite to any English Teacher anywhere to post suggestions for texts. My target students are in the 15-18 age range, and vary from able to very able readers…
If you want to add to the survey, you can find it at: http://bit.ly/highertextsurvey or if you don’t want to do that, you are welcome to leave a comment at the bottom of this post. If you just want to see the results so far, you can see them here: http://bit.ly/englishtextsresults
(Incidentally, it would be a great help to the survey if you could pass the link on to the English Department in your own school)
And finally… I’m glad to be back in harness! Thanks to everyone for your kind wishes over the past few months. I really have been overwhelmed by the kindness of (virtual) strangers.