Blogging helps me get my thoughts out. It’s like when I talk to myself — but it’s slightly less creepy, or when I journal — but it’s much more pretty. (Probably nobody could read the handwriting in my journal, and certainly nobody would want to.)

With that said, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking this week about how I want to set up my first AP Literature class. Drama, poetry, prose, thorough literary analysis. This is the stuff I am passionate about, people!

(she said as she pushed her glasses up)

When I teach students about sentence structure, vocabulary, or even creative writing, it’s harder for me to communicate a love for the subject matter. I try, and I will get better, but . . .

When I’m listening to my students interact with great literature, I get chills up my spine.

I thought it might help me to list my working list of major titles for next year here. Maybe the few people who read this will stop here for lack of interest. But maybe the brave souls who read on will stop me from ruining 18 year old lives.

Summer Reading (These are already set in stone.)

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley


  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe or Lord of the Flies by William Golding


  • Tartuffe by Moliere or A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
  • Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Of course, I’ll do lots of poetry, including Coleridge, Chaucer, Hughes, etc.

Based on what I’m learning here, this might be too much. As the year goes on, and I learn how to pace the course, a few things may have to go. How to prioritize? It’s tough! I might have to let my students decide.