An Ode to my English Teacher Who does not Read

Oh, this ode is for you, dear Mr. K.

Your lack of initiative leaves me saying, “Hey!”

An English teacher who has not read,

is one who has been sorely mislead.

Where have you been???

Oh, the things that you have missed

have now got you shrouded in mist.

Shame, shame, shame-

this is now associated with your name.

Why haven’t you read Harry Potter yet???

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A list of books that Mr. K should read, of which I also recommend to others who would like to further their literary repertoire and/or stay “hip” in this age of popular kids’ books:

  • “Hip” books
    1. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling (duh!)
      1. A young boy finds his way in the world and battles dark forces along with help from his wizard friends.
    2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (see here for book order clarification)
      1. Clary Fray, a normal girl living in New York, finds herself thrust into the shadowhunter world, a special human race destined to battle demons in order to keep humanity safe.
    3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
      1. Strong heroine Celaena Sardothien is chosen to compete in a contest to become the king’s personal assassin in this richly imagined fantasy.
    4. You better have already read Percy Jackson
      1. I’m not kidding, Mr. K
  • Hamlet adaptations
    1. Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein
      1. A new twist on Hamlet from the first person perspective of Ophelia.
    2. A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison
      1. A modern day Hamlet from Ophelia’s point of view.
  • Macbeth adaptations
    1. Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa M. Klein
      1. Rejected by her own father Macbeth, Albia is raised by the three witches. This is her role behind the scenes.
  • Romeo and Juliet adaptations
    1. Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub
      1. After Romeo and Juliet die, Rosaline and Benvolio are left to pick up the pieces.
    2. Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine
      1. A different twist on the play from Benvolio’s point of view as he watches everything unfold and becomes entangled within the mess himself.
    3. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
      1. Everything is not as it seems. Romeo murdered Juliet, and now they are destined to be reborn over and over again into different lovers, each fighting to gain the upper hand in the ongoing struggle of good vs evil.

Disclaimer: My English teacher Mr. K actually does read. He just doesn’t read kids books (even though he teaches kids). Besides that, he’s a pretty chill teacher. He’s in charge of our school newspaper, actually (of which I am a part of).

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