By Jennifer Salinas ’18
Have you ever been in Literature class and wondered how your teacher picked the book the class is reading? Or why you are currently reading that specific book? I’m pretty sure most of you have been there.
To answer your questions sophomore Classical Literature teacher, Benjamin Groch explained how he picks the books for his class to read, he stated, “The way that it comes together is that there is a curriculum and so we have to communicate with the other grade levels and make sure that no one is repeating a grade level class book.” The teachers also make decisions based on books they feel fit into the themes they are talking about or that are more interesting for the class to read.
This year some of the books sophomores are reading are “Animal Farm”, “House On Mango Street”, “Media”, “Oedipus”, and “MacBeth.”
You may feel like the books that your teachers pick are boring or that you do not have much freedom when it comes to the books you read in class, but Groch did mention that students get two units where students pick their own books, he states, “We also do two choice book units where students get to choose their own books.”
Groch then goes on to explain how students pick their choice books, he mentions, “There is a handful of them about ten each[…] in that case students choose their own books, but we choose the books they have as options.” At least students get two choice units where they pick their own books.
The teachers do listen to some suggestions that students make about the books that are being read he states, “This year we cut a book and I think that a lot of students felt that missing so we are taking that recommendation.”
The book they cut out is “Fahrenheit 451.” The reason why they decided to cut it is “In the past last year we did not do all of “The House On Mango Street” this year we decided to do the whole thing so that cut into the time of “Fahrenheit 451” and because last year it felt like maybe “Fahrenheit 451” dragged a little bit we decided to abridge it, to shorten it and just do sections of Fahrenheit.”
For the most part the books and curriculum have been the same for the past couple of years, Groch mentioned, “It is pretty similar to past years and I think that Ms. Amato reffinded the curriculum she was here last year as well so very similar to what is was last year and probably the year before and will be similar again to but I think very small changes year by year.”
If you are currently a freshman now you know a little bit more of what to expect your sophomore year in a Literature class. You can even start familiarizing yourself with some of the books in case you have to read them.