Votech high school, and the boys you write about are my kids.
I just finished the chapter on writing when one of my reluctant writers
replied to a comment (in Google Docs) I made about a character’s “slight
death.” I questioned how any death is slight, and he replied that not all
deaths are by violent blunt force.
Now my first instinct is to argue back (the deaths were Candy’s dog and
Curley’s wife) but your lesson caused me to stop. Instead of shutting down
his thinking, I’m going to ask him to write me some examples of slight vs.
violent deaths (not in the essay but in the comments and no points are on
Thank you for such a useful and enlightening book. My co-teacher and I have
been incorporating young adult fiction into the curriculum, and we’re
letting the classics collect dust in the book closet.
Your chapter on writing is helping us to round out our instruction. Thank