What do you remember reading in High School because it was assigned?

Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by ajblakejr, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    This past weekend, I was tossed back into High School English.

    I pondered, what everyone remembered "having to read" for class.
    Please post those memories or nightmares.

    Then, I wondered, what do high school teachers assign now?
    If you know the answer, and it is not Harry Potter, please post.

    And if you participate, please keep College Lit for another thread.
    The inspiration for this thread:
    This past weekend, To Kill a Mockingbird, celebrated 50 yrs.

    This book started my hobby of collecting quotes and pulled me away from Judy Blume books.

    What do you recall reading?
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Hard Times by Charles Dickens

    I remember this one as I had to read and do a book report on it. Well, I waited until the last minute and decided to use the Cliff Notes to do my report. Little did I know that the teacher had recently read it and started to ask questions that were not in the Cliff Notes.

    She signed my yearbook "Sorry I gave you a Hard Time in my class".
  3. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. And I'm wondering if or when it too will be considered a classic in the realm of Dickens.
  4. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    We had to read the plays of Shakespeare which is why I hate them to this day!:knockedout:

    I also collected quotes. One of the nuns always had a new quote every day written on the board and I would copy it in my notebook.
  5. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    I can factually state that your hatred of Shakespeare had nothing to do with the author and everything to do with the teacher. His plays are really full of wicked fun when presented correctly.
  6. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    OH, and I'm gonna tell Sister Mary Bullhorn that she's not presenting it correctly ??? Not if I wanted to live.
  7. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    She can't still be alive can she?
  8. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    George Orwell 1984, that was a subject in our class. - back in the mid to late 70's
  9. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Read both Billy Budd and Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville, and for some reason the gist of those stories has always stayed with me. To this day I think about both of them fairly often. And I agree with bbsam about Shakespeare, his plays really are timeless.
  10. CaliforniaPaul

    CaliforniaPaul Active Member

    "The Conquest Of Mexico By Cortez" in history class, circa 1955!!!
  11. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    "She can't still be alive can she?"

    I meant nothing could be said back then.
    No, she can't possibly be alive, she was way old back then!
  12. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    Where the Red Fern Grows. I still have the book.
  13. bigbrownhen

    bigbrownhen New Member

    Edgar Allen Poe's the Tell-Tale Heart. I dont care for anything of the "horror" type. Movies or books, but I found the story interesting.

    UPSSOCKS Well-Known Member

    I didn't think they taught Canadian kids to read?? Did you guys have books on tape?
  15. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    It wasn't for class, but I remember Judy Blume's "Wifey" making the circuit around the schools with certain pages being so clearly searced out that one did not need to go looking for the racy sections, just let the book fall open.
  16. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member


    I liked the Poe stuff because I was always a fan of horror. Remember Vincent Price & Peter Lorre (sometimes) in the movies adapted from Poe's writings?
  17. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    Another one - To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It was written in 1960. What a powerful story.
  18. fethrs

    fethrs Well-Known Member

    Loved to read in high school. Classics, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, Poe. Science fiction, Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury. Loads of Steven King. The Hobbit, so much more I just can't remember it all.
  19. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    I had read Stephen King until he got to that western stuff.....don't like anything cowboy. I started back a couple years ago. Love Grisham, Dan Brown & Brad Meltzer.

    The last cowboy thing I enjoyed was Blazing Saddles....too much Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and Hopalong Cassidy growing up.
  20. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Re: What do you remember reading in High School because it was asinine?