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What did you read at school?

I've had a thought today. I want to teach English (I'd rather classical civilisation, but they don't tend to do it outside of grammar schools here, and I'd rather teach comprehensive school students. It'll be harder, sure, but it fits better with the reasons I want to teach in the first place), and so I thought that I should probably start reading the books that students study at school to get a feel for them. I haven't touched that sort of thing since I left when I was sixteen (and I didn't properly read the book I was supposed to in my final year, either).

I remember, when I was at school, reading Of Mice and Men, Macbeth, and To Kill A Mockingbird.

Can any of you on my flist tell me what you read for school when you were aged 11-16?

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Do you mean what kinda books did we have to read in school per the curriculum or just what were reading in general?

I always hated to be told what books we had had to read in school, cause usually they were titles I'd read already or they were behind my accelerated reading abilities.

From ages 11-14 I was reading things like
Les Miserables
Gone with the Wind
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Tale of Two Cities

When I got to high school, ages 14-18 the books we were reading in class were books I could have read by ages 7-10. I was disappointed that we weren't reading heavier things. Heavier in both content and physical weight. Most of the stuff I read in school was a big waste of my time.

The American Educational system is a big joke. It's pitiful what kids aren't learning or reading these days and it makes me damn angry.

I could probably give you a list of books we were required to read in school and a list of what I was reading on my own and you could see the huge difference.
Thank you! I will look into those books. I don't really know much about the American system, although I do recall that a couple of girls that came over to our school from Maryland were put back a year here. That said, I went to a grammar school, meaning that all the students were in about the top 20% when it came to academic achievements in the area.
We read Mockingbird, too - and Macbeth, as well as Hamlet...

I was assigned in one of my advanced classes _Native Son_, and we also read _Wuthering Heights_.

I know we read more than that, but those are the ones that stuck!
Oh, you got good books. I liked Mockingbird, and those are two of my favourite Shakespeare works. I have only read adaptations of Hamlet, though. My father read me a number of adaptations as bed time stories, lol.

I will look into Native Son and Wuthering Heights, 'cause I've not read either.
Haha! My sister said exactly the same thing about Tess of the D'Ourbevilles. Apparently her class all refused to continue reading it O_o

Thank you :)
The Catcher in the Rye
All the Pretty Horses
Cannery Row
The Great Gatsby
Song of Solomon
and some Shakespeare works, but I don't remember what they were specifically
Also short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The House on Mango Street
The Lord of the Flies
Paper Towns
The Crucible

Um... that's all that I can remember right now.... and also I go to private school so it might be a little different than what others have read.
Oh yes, I didn't put Lord of the Flies on my list, but we had that too.
Thank you! Some of them are the same as what the classes at my school read, and some I have not heard of before now. I shall look into them.
Ooh, thank you :)

A lot of people here are reading many more books than I did. Or perhaps I don't remember all the books. I do remember studying Mockingbird for ages, so we didn't read anything else in class around that time.
The Odyssey, The Color Purple, and To Kill a Mockingbird are the only ones I remember.
I am supposed to be reading the Odyssey for uni at the moment. I should probably get back to it at some point... :O

Thank you!
Awesome, thanks!

I've read LotR (which I didn't much like) and the Hobbit (which I enjoyed), and I just this morning started on Brave New World.
*goes to her old high school's website*

9th Grade:
Anthem (by Ayn Rand)
Romeo & Juliet
The Odyssey
To Kill a Mockingbird
Greek Mythology
Great Expectations stopped being taught the year I got there, but I know many schools still teach it
Some of Poe's poetry/short stories- The Raven, the Tell Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Pit & the Pendulum, Annabel Lee

10th Grade:
Arthurian Legends
Midsummer's Night Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Lord of the Flies
Dante's Inferno
Some classes read The Tempest

11th Grade:
The Great Gatsby
The Sound and the Fury
The Scarlet Letter
The Crucible
Oedipus Rex/King Oedipus
Don Quixote
The Importance of Being Ernest
Kafka's Metamorphosis
The Fall of the House of Usher

12th Grade:
Paradise Lost
The Poisonwood Bible
Canterbury Tales
Tess d'Urburvilles
Rime of the Ancient Mariner

And I've read every single one of these because I'm a dork, so I can give you recs on which are the best if you'd like xD;.

Edited at 2009-12-28 02:50 am (UTC)
Oh, super! That's a long list! I swear we never read as many books as that in school...

The only one I've read from beginning to end is Macbeth from there. Where would you recommend I start?
I remember Playing Beattie Bow, The Outsiders, and So Much to Tell You. The first two also had movies we had to watch.
My mother-in-law is a teacher at the local girls' grammar school, and she does English, history, home ec and law, so she's got all of the classics and then some!

I would seriously recommend getting into scoradh's journal - she reads a lot of books, especially classics, and writes up on them. Very insightful! Plus she has some great fics. I met her through the Prince of Tennis fandom, but she's more into bands at the moment.
Oh, thank you! I shall look into the books and films.

I've just taken a peek on that journal too - thanks for that recommendation - looks like it could be really helpful to me!

I only recently read of mice and men, and that was for my own amusement.

But i do remember reading Macbeth, King Lear, Pride and prejudice with some smatterings of Socrates for drama class.
I think I will have to re-read Of Mice and Men, because I think that I might enjoy it far more now that I am not thirteen and I don't have to read it.

Thank you!