Monthly Archives: January 2015

30 for 30

As I was about 200 words into a classroom review on Josh Neufeld’s New York Times Best Seller A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge, I realized that this is my 30th blog post, and while I understand that when I started this blog, I wished I would have had more posts under my belt by this point, but I am excited about what I’ve accomplished, and I’d like to thank all of you that have given me advice and kind words over the past months. I hope that some of what I’ve presented here in the past twenty-nine blog entries has helped some of you in some way.

With that being said, I decided to put the Neufeld review on hold for a couple of days to celebrate my 30th blog post by presenting a list of 30 full-length titles that I’ve taught over my ten years in the classroom. I think it’s going to be fun to brainstorm thirty titles that I’ve used in the classroom…that’s a lot of pages! And it’s not lost on me that pretty much any English teacher that has been teaching as long as I have, has taught over thirty texts during their time in the classroom (at least I hope), but that’s more reason to take a moment and appreciate just how much culture and story we get to imprint on our students’ lives.

So, here it is, in no particular order:

1.) Hamlet – William Shakespeare
2.) No Fear Hamlet Graphic Novel – adaptation by Neil Babra
3.) Romeo & Juliet – William Shakespeare
4.) Romeo & Juliet Graphic Novel – adaptation by Gareth Hinds
5.) Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare
6.) Othello – William Shakespeare
7.) Macbeth – William Shakespeare
8.) Animal Farm – George Orwell
9.) 1984 – George Orwell
10.) Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
11.) Ultimate Spiderman – Bendis and Bagley
12.) Maus – Art Spiegelman
13.) Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
14.) House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros
15.) In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
16.) Capote In Kansas – Parks and Samnee
17.) Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
18.) Fahrenheit 451 Graphic Novel – adaption by Tim Hamilton
19.) The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
20.) Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
21.) To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
22.) Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
23.) The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
24.) The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
25.) Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
26.) The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
27.) Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
28.) The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
29.) I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
30.) Understanding Comics – Scott McCloud

And there’s your 30 for 30! Wow…that’s a lot of pages. Let me know what your favorites are from the list!
And thank you English teachers for inspiring me and your students…

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