On a different note, tomorrow I meet with my principal and someone from district office to discuss the future of our overall AP program at school. That will be awesome. I also meet with a new English teacher we just hired to help her prepare for the year. That will be fun too. I always wonder how much I should tell new people about the school. Do I give them advance warning of the people to stay clear of or do I just let them figure it out? I'll probably say nothing and let her find her way unless she asks me some good questions about the climate or the staff. If she asks, it's go time.
What We Hunger For by Roxane Gay
I am in awe of Roxane Gay. Few people are as self-aware as she is and then she is also gifted enough to articulate that self-awareness for the reader's pleasure. I discovered her on The Rumpus website after seeing her name bandied about on Twitter more than a few times. Finding a writer to fawn over is such a blessing. I am fawning over Ms. Gay.
Essay: 10 of 10
Beware because this essay will kick you in the mouth. Good narratives (hell, good anything) will create a visceral reaction in the reader and there was a point in this essay where I literally whispered out loud, "Holy shit." The essay is partly about Gay's affection for The Hunger Games trilogy, specifically the lead character Katniss Everdeen. She describes why Everdeen is such a heroic character to her. The reasons are varied, fascinating, and also the cause of my "Holy shit" whisper.
Teachability: 10 of 10
Sometimes, even when things are perhaps adult content laden, a teacher has to move forward and teach a piece of literature anyway. Maybe send a note home explaining away the mature themes and getting permission would work. But this essay is worth reading and examining.