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English 12

by Bill Schott

Mr. Barker welcomed his class in for their first day of English 12.

"Glad you all made it through the summer. We will be doing a lot of writing this semester."

One student's hand snapped up.

"Yes, Ben?"

"Mr. Barker, I am so tired of writing stories and poems."

"None are required this period, Ben. You will be doing a lot of technical writing, however."

"Whew! I hate poetry. I also hate writing stories that are just made up."

"We will be reading one novel and responding to it."

"Please, don't let it be Frankenstein. I have had to read it every year in high school."

"What? Really? Every teacher made you read the same novel?"

"I had to read it in biology class. We read it in Women's Lit class. We read it in Consumer Laws class."

"Wow!" Well, you'll be happy to know we will not be reading it in this class."

"Please, don't let it be To Kill a Mockingbird. I had to read it in American Lit class. We read it in Civics class. We read it in Miss Newtron's Truman Capote class."

"Miss Newtron has a Truman Capote class?"

"It was an online summer restorative class. Breakfast at Tiffany's, In Cold Blood, and To Kill a Mockingbird, which she insists was almost totally co-written by Capote."

"Well, Ben, we will be reading 1984 by George Orwell."


"That, Ben, will become clear as we read and reflect. We will touch on totalitarianism and communism; the individual vs. the government; reality control; class struggle; sex --"

"Stop! You should have led with the sex."



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