I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in less than a day. It was a very quick read, and I’d imagine that my students (who get to choose reading this of Lord of the Flies) would pick this one.
For whatever reason, I tend to enjoy reading novels told from the first-person perspective, and The Curious Incident falls into that category.
It was definitely an eye-opening novel which allows you to really get to walk (or ride the train) in the shoes of someone coping with Autism.
I think the lesson I take from the novel is that people are more than first impressions. I’d imagine if I was a passerby or someone on the train with Christopher, I’d probably not stick around long enough to learn about him and his talents.
Since the students I’ll be teaching in the fall are given summer reading assignments, the least I could do is read them, too, right?
I had read Lord of the Flies wayyyyy back in middle school or high school, so it was good to get a refresher on it. Lots of great themes in the story: Independence, Order in Society, Human Nature, and so on.
I think a lot of these are quite relevant to today’s teenagers. If it wasn’t completely against the rules to do so, I think it would be great to one day pretend to not show up to class and surreptitiously have a video camera somewhere in the room (simulating the boys on the island emerging from the plane crash).
After a few moments without adult supervision, I’d imagine a few students would probably get up and leave. Others would sit there quietly. And I bet one or two students would try to maintain some semblance of order by making sure the class was doing what they were supposed to be doing.
I doubt that the “society” of that unsupervised classroom would escalate to the violence, schisms and general chaos that occurred in the novel, but it would be interesting to see how quickly a culture of order (or disorder) would take foot in that room.
Next up: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. I’ll let you know how it turns out!