Live the Challenge
“Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”
A note to my 8th grade class:
All of you are, supposedly, reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, a "classic" book, but what Twain says is true: few of us go thirsty to the well and willingly read the greatest works of literature because…well, just because.
The dutiful among you are simply answering the call of an assignment. Some among you are skimming as much as possible to glean just enough to talk or write intelligently about the book, while the laziest among you are putting off reading as long as possible before I ask you to write something meaningful about what you are reading. And then: thank God for Lit Charts. You might even get away with it.
But only for a while.