Am I being a bit harsh? Maybe....but Emily is in High School now and Honors English is just as I remember it. Hard!! The books like The Oddessy, Animal Farm, To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men....they are still required...and they are still just as hard to understand as they were in 1988.
And the teachers still expect these students to read the books and understand very complicated themes and symbolism's and characters....so difficult to understand that there have been many other books written trying to explain them.
The last book that Emily completed was Whirligig. I had not read it, but tried to skim through it to help her with a project that the teacher had assigned. She also had a test on the book the day that the project was due. When I ask her if the teacher had talked through the book with the class, she said "No"...as if she thought that was an okay answer. She was sure she "bombed" the test.
I had thought for a moment about ordering a study guide online to help her prepare, but when I saw that the study guide alone was over 200 pages....73 pages for the condensed version...I knew it was too much to tackle when we still had a project to finish. I did say WE....'cause she also had a Science test to study for.
I am sure that Emily's English teacher is a decent human being....but, I can't help but heap my feelings about my old English teachers onto her (I think there is a literary term for this.)
The good news....
It is an honors class....so as Em would say...a "B" counts as an "A".
And...I already have in hand the study guide for "To Kill a Mockingbird".
And even better...I haven't heard her talk about diagramming any sentences...yet!
Being 'back in High School English' is not my idea of fun.
And...this is the book I'm reading now.
I am loving it!