School is coming soon. Next week I'll have two days of teacher meetings, Wednesday and Thursday. I usually like those days because it's great seeing my co-workers and it's fun getting back to school. Hopefully wearing a hot pink cast and riding a knee scooter won't diminish my impending fun. One of the meetings Wednesday has potential for awesomeness as all of our school's AP teachers are getting together to talk about getting on the same page. I'm hoping for positive progress and no thrown objects.
Cell One by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Adichie is a fairly famous (more critically acclaimed) author from Nigeria who has written numerous short stories and three novels, including her most recent book, Americanah. I'd never read anything she had written until now but that is going to change. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie can flat out write.
Story: 10 of 10
This story is set in Nigeria and details a family of four, specifically focusing on the oldest son, Nnamabia, who is of university age and starts getting in trouble with the law. The story is very well-written and the reader can feel the family's anguish as Nnamabia starts down this path of lawlessness. It also paints a strong picture of the Nigerian justice system.
Teachability: 10 of 10
Maybe it's because my school is transitioning to becoming an International school, but I can't wait to teach this story. There are some fantastic discussion points in here.