I mentioned before that I gave a Pulitzer Prize winning novel to one of my AP English students recently. He gave it back to me three days later.
“Did you read it?” I asked.
“Well, I tried,” he said. “There’s just too much description. I couldn’t get into it.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“I don’t know exactly, but it’s the kind of book you should pull passages out of and teach with,” he said.
I still haven’t read the novel Tinkers by Paul Harding, but I did take a look to see what Levi meant. (He’s a bright young man–taking both AP Lit and Lang his junior year.)
Just read the first page. You’ll see what I did.
Yes, I can teach some skills with this. It’s beautiful, and now I’m reading it– on the lookout for mentor slices that engage and inspire great reading and writing.