My BIG PLAN was to show a movie, because it helps keep those who do decide to attend class on this last day before break from staging a mutiny in the face of yet another prompt designed to actually make them think and write, and "work time" on a story they are convinced is Booker Prize worthy already. Step one of the BIG PLAN was to come up with a movie even remotely related to our subject matter. By the grace of God I hit upon Stand By Me - based on a Stephen King short story, narrator is the main character all grown up as a writer, plus it includes a short story within the movie (after which all the boy characters discuss what would make the ending better). BRILLIANCE!
Except that it is rated R which, considering the way most of my students speak on a
Luckily, amidst my fretting I also prayed that everyone would miraculously bring signed slips and the result was - a handful of slips, and a round of phone calls to somewhat bewildered moms & dads at 10 am (my students found it supremely amusing that I ordered them to take out & use their cell phones in class). There were three kids who opted themselves out to work in the computer lab but otherwise, everyone watched. And here is the best part - my most
This was a blessed day. I should fret more often.