This week is semester exam week in my school district, which marks the halfway point of the year. As students work on their big tests, I’ve found a few nuggets of positivity or, failing that, laughter:
- While one class worked on their exams, I finished grading the book reports they turned in last week. The most common feature was most students’ response to a directive to write a paragraph about their favorite and least favorite things about their books, and what they would change. Nearly everybody said that they liked the parts that were happy, and that they would change the parts that were sad. Everybody said they’d make it so that Simon and Piggy don’t die in Lord of the Flies. Those who read The Lovely Bones said that they’d save Susie. And students who picked The Grapes of Wrath…well, they’d keep Route 66 and pretty much turn the rest into a college road trip, if they had their druthers. Luckily none of them read the Bible for their book report, or humanity might have been denied the Atonement altogether!
- In fact, one girl was quite emphatic in her assertion of editorial license: “I would most defiantly change the ending.” *ahem* Yes, I’m sure you would. I see several students every year who spell definitely that way.
- On a positive note, though, (more…)