Testy Tenth Graders


I’m proctoring state exams for my old Chinese students at the school where I sub this week.  This group is comprises a particularly difficult clique of boys- a wolf pack, equally ready to turn on each other or on their prey. (They vary pretty widely as individuals, but as a group they are A Force.) Naturally, none of them brought anything to entertain themselves with after the test. The last twenty minutes yesterday were agony, watching them attempt to communicate through facial expressions and crinkling paper.  I reminded them several times that they had to bring books to read after the test today.

This morning,  I ask- who doesn’t have a book?  None of you, eh?  Never fear, Ms. M. is here!

Out comes the bag I threw together this morning. Here’s the list from my shelves to soothe the savage beast:

1. The Princess Bride, William Goldman

2. Horrible Histories: The Measly Middle Ages, Terry Deary

3. Horrible Histories: The Awesome Egyptians, Terry Deary

4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

5. The Rainmaker, John Grisham

6. Gregor the Overlander, Suzanne Collins (author of The Hunger Games)

7. Dragon Head (a manga)

8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

9. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan

and of course…

10. Twilight, Stephanie Meyer

(Which one do you think they fought over?)

Comics, popular fiction, classic children’s lit, a little bit of quirk, and pure trash- not a bad mix. It was mildly rewarding to watch them tear into them like it’s Christmas.  What else would you provide to keep a high school class happy?


About suziereads

Twenty something Orthodox Christian living in Boston. Avid reader of spiritual and other types of books. I like quotes, bookstores, Shakespeare, chai, all things Russian, and China. I also spend an inordinate amount of time at Starbucks.

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