I was thinking about our small group work from last night. We never really got into talking in depth about the “Of Mice and Men” scenario. You will all remember that the problem was that the dept. chair wants us to teach this book, but there are not enough for each students and we were not supposed to loan them.
My small group thought that we would look at the issue of disability/difference, as well as companionship/isolation. We would use other stories and texts, such as Flowers forAlgernon and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, as well as Of Mice and Men. We would give students a choice of which text they would like to use, or allow them to bring one of their own. The students would be encouraged to write or blog about their experiences that are tied to the ideas that come up in the text.
I wanted to ask the class a question, though. Since there were not enough books for all of the students, our solution was to have them each read a different text that relates to the topic. The problem I see is that if everyone is reading different texts, how can we truly understand and appreciate the complexities of each one? We have discussed this idea before in class, and I have yet to understand how the class can have a discussion if everyone has read different material. Would anyone like to try to sort out this problem with me or come up with a different solution to the problem of not enough books?