||[Jul. 26th, 2006|04:24 pm]
English Major Central
This year I'm teaching AP Language and Composition (as opposed to AP Literature and Composition which is literature based). As this class is more rhetoric based and the kids need to be up to date on current issues and all that jazz for the AP exam, I would still like to add in a play, novel, and short stories that raise social issues that are related to what's going on in the world today.|
That said, when I went to a conference this past week, some suggestions were made by the instructor. For plays he recommended anything by Ibsen or some Tennessee Williams. I've never read anything by either author (bad English major, I know). He also recommended All My Sons by Arthur Miller (which I've read) as it could be likened to the whole Enron incident. For novels, he said it'd be a good idea to do contemporary fiction such as The Kite Runner. However, I thoroughly detested this book, and would not be able to teach it because I hate it so much (sorry to those of you who liked it).
All this said, can anyone recommend any plays, novels, or short stories that I could use in class? I need them to pertain to issues today, and I know that's kind of a broad request since so many of these bring up social issues. Also, it would be great if any of these may be available online in e-text, though they don't have to be (mainly I ask this for short stories so I don't have to go out and buy an anthology or something, as I'm a bit poor at the moment).
Cross posted to english_majors, sorry if you see this twice.