Sunday, August 06, 2006
Teaching texts in Year 12 English
We are looking to choose some new texts to study in Year 12 next year. The teachers are all frantically reading the texts on the list to make suitable choices and we are having a film night at school to look at a couple of films together and discuss them. The films we will be looking at are Ray Lawrence's Lantana and Sarah Watt's Look Both Ways (both Australian films) and a few novels, including Isabel Allende's Of Love and Shadows, Larissa Behrendt's Home and Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner. As regular readers would know, I love The Kite Runner and I have just finished Home which I also think would be very worthwhile to study. It is a gripping story and very wide ranging. But unfortunately it is not all about me. We have to choose novels that the students find accessible and satisfying, that the teachers feel are compelling, thought-provoking, enjoyable and with literary merit but I think that somehow, in the way we always do, we will find such texts to study from the list that the VCAA puts out. If you are an English teacher, what novels, stories, film, plays, poetry do you teach with students in their final year of high school?