After two glorious weeks of being the primary parent to Francie, my wife reclaimed the throne today and it was sad. The kid is napping right now and she is so cute when she sleeps. I catch myself just watching her while she's asleep.
The Last Spin by Evan Hunter
Written in the fifties, this short story takes two characters from rival "clubs" and puts them in a room where they play a modified version of Russian Roulette. While playing, they start to talk to each other and realize that they're not that different. A friendship develops until the final spin.
Story: 4 of 10
It's not a bad story. It was just so very predictable. After the third or fourth paragraph I knew exactly how the rest of the six pages would play out. The writing is decent and there is a feel of The Outsiders which almost every high school kid has read.
Teachability: 8 of 10
There's some good drama here for lower-level students. Their interest would be piqued with the gang angle so that would be nice. If I were teaching it I'd focus on character choices and similarities to today's conflict culture. There is definite potential with teaching this short story. I'd do it with standard or lower ninth or tenth graders and I'd probably get good student participation and discussion.