Getting literature into the hands of scholars!
As an English teacher, literacy advocate, and parent myself, I am passionate about getting literature into the hands of our students. I visit the public library with my children regularly to give them access to as many books as possible, but there are certain books that are so important that I decide to buy them for them to leave up on their bedroom's bookshelves. I want them to be surrounded by the reminder that reading quality literature and reading often is a JOY and not just a requirement.
I share this with you because I hope that you will join me in my passion. We have copies of these texts available for student use (much like a public library would offer a borrowing system), but there are times when it would foster excitement a bit more if they could have their own copy to keep on their shelves and to annotate all over (instead of post it notes on school issued books).
12 Angry Men, Of Mice & Men, Animal Farm, Night, and To Kill a Mockingbird all have books available for student borrowing, but if desired, can be purchased online as well. Just get in touch with Mrs. Housepian about which edition to buy so the page numbers match up so students can follow along with class discussions better.
I would specifically recommend that students purchase the two following texts:
Bless Me, Ultima (November) --they will want to annotate in this book!
Macbeth, No Fear Shakespeare (April) --this provides support for this difficult text, found in the textbook only in its original translation