Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Buying books

I mentioned in the summer assignment post below, which you may not have gotten to as it is sooooo long, that I HIGHLY recommend buying your books. I also said I would let you know what to buy at the beginning of August. Well, here it is.

The first book you should buy is The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature 8th Edition (ISBN # 978-0-312-47411-9). It's available through Amazon at the link above for very cheap (Starting at $0.01 plus $3.99 shipping!)

We will use this beginning the first week of school, the second at the latest depending on what the first day is like this year (you ASB people probably know already--if it's like last year, maybe Monday of the the second week). This will be where most of our short stories and poetry come from, and maybe one of our plays time permitting. It also has a figurative ton of extra helps and explanations in it that many of you will find very useful. It's very likely you'll be able to sell them back to next year's AP Lit students as well. :)

The rest will be scattered throughout the year and are Hamlet, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Scarlet Letter, Frankenstein, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Things Fall Apart, Pride and Prejudice, Oryx & Crake, Death of a Salesman, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and 1984 or Brave New World. 

Now, we likely won't get to all of these books. We won't sacrifice depth for breadth, but we'll get to most of them. They can all be picked up cheaply at used book stores and Amazon. Abe Books is a conglomeration of used bookstores online and may be a good place to look as well. It will likely be easier to work on he Shakespeare plays from copies, so don't worry about those.

If you only buy one now, buy The Compact Bedford Introduction Literature 8th Edition.

Filling out the following form from either here or the Google Classroom page will help me plan for our first unit. Thank you!