2nd June, 2011


From "In the basement of the ivory tower" from The Atlantic by Professor X

Will having read Invisible Man make a police officer less likely to indulge in racial profiling? Will a familiarity with Steinbeck make him more sympathetic to the plight of the poor, so that he might understand the lives of those who simply cannot get their taillights fixed? Will it benefit the correctional officer to have read The Autobiography of Malcolm X? The health-care worker Arrowsmith? Should the child-welfare officer read Plath’s “Daddy”

Can we make a list?  Like Professor X has here in a brief snippet of his VAST exposé of college writing classes, can we correlate  a work of literature with a working class job?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard kids complain about reading.

Wouldn’t it be great to put together a list of works of literature and connect it to a job?  So when a kid says, “This doesn’t matter because I’m going to be a ________,” and then you can direct a kid to a work of lit that reflects their job?

Go to this Google Form and fill in your ideas. You can do it as many times as you like!

When the list grows, I’ll share it here and on the Team Teachers page.

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  4. breatheinsolitude reblogged this from girlwithalessonplan and added:
    This. Is. Fecking. Fantastic! And now I need to sit down and think about what the heck book would be awesome for...
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    Dear Friends,What a great idea… go participate!Love, Sarah Mae
  7. compositional reblogged this from girlwithalessonplan and added:
    I love this idea.
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