New discoveriesI've discovered so many new (to me, at least) gems of literature since being on eNotes. I thought maybe somebody else has had the same experience and might like to share.

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Since using eNotes, I've noticed several questions about "They Cage the Animals at Night". I started reading it, and it is absolutely wonderful. I am so excited to use it with my students. One student saw me reading it and said it was her favorite book. I can't believe I have never heard of it before now.

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I've been catching up on short story reading lately, and I've read some really intriguing ones. One that has stayed with me after I read it is "The Yellow Wall-Paper." Wow! Such a powerful story. I have a family member who is mentally ill, and reading this story is like watching a day in her life. It is almost painful to listen to the narrator go on and on, all the time realizing that she is delusional.

Has any piece of literature punched you in the gut lately????

"The Yellow Wallpaper" is an AMAZING story and so gut-wrenching.  Everytime I teach this and re-read it, I literally ache to help the narrator.  I first read this story in my graduate Feminist Literature II course and was absolutely blown away by it.  Because it so closely mirrors the author's own experiences with mental illness, the story is that much more incredible.  If you've not read much about Katherine Perkins Gilman, do so because her life is so interesting!

A story that I recently read again after a long lapse that really affected me is "Battle Royal" (actually a chapter from Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man).  The story is a frank and brutally honest portrayal of one character's experience with racism in the South and it is haunting.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Hey, I'll bet those students learned something in the process anyway. I sometimes resent the simple questions that get asked. I want to scream, "Read the book!" But some of the questions from high school kids seem very advanced to me.

Hooray! Another Jean Plaidy fan!

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I have been introduce to Jean Plaidy and I am looking forward to reading all of her books.  Thanks, Linda!

Love to read!  Love it...even if I am on my way to coke-bottle glasses.  :)  I do appreciate this site as a professional community within which we can exchange ideas and also help students from all over through professionalism and integrity.  You guys are so smart, and I am proud to "know" you. 

I have also had a recent email from a teacher who was irate that her students posted all of the questions she gave in class on enotes and two of them I had answered.  She actually emailed me a very saracastic "thank you" note since several of her students had answered the questions word-for-word by what I had written.  That socked me in the gut, I don't mind telling you.  Wow!  This has been a long week and it's only Tuesday!

Have a blessed rest of your week, gang!

 

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I don't know about punched me, but I have read things as a result of being here on eNotes that I might not have read, some of it I love and some of it was a real snore. One short story that I read was A Lamb to Slaughterand I like so much I used it in one of my classes and they loved it too! It's not a really moving piece of literature, but a great story for class discussions and interesting enough to hold the attention of my students.

I have not had the time yet, but I did buy Kite Runnerbecause I liked the questions I saw students asking about it and thought it might be one I would like to read. I'm hoping over Spring Break I get a chance to read it.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I've been catching up on short story reading lately, and I've read some really intriguing ones. One that has stayed with me after I read it is "The Yellow Wall-Paper." Wow! Such a powerful story. I have a family member who is mentally ill, and reading this story is like watching a day in her life. It is almost painful to listen to the narrator go on and on, all the time realizing that she is delusional.

Has any piece of literature punched you in the gut lately????

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