When I was in the 8th grade we started to tackle LITERATURE.
My English teacher at the time was a great and by the time we had finished reading books like War and Peace and Romeo and Juliet and A Tale of Two Cities we had actually learned something. A few of us actually loved those books enough to take on other books that we probably wouldn’t have read until High School or even College.
At the end of each unit we were tested and I loved the Essay part- we got to free write about what we had just read.
You could pick up a lot of extra points if you completed that section.
I wrote in part: Everybody DIES it’s worse then Salems Lot by Stephen King. I’m glad Romeo and Juliet didn’t have a dog because Shakespeare probably would have killed it too.
I went on to say I liked Shakespeare because he was like Stephen King .
Now days when I get dragged off to an Arts In The Park type of a thing I remember my teacher handing back our test papers and before he handed me back mine he asked,
” Do you really feel that Mr, King and Mr. Shakespeare had a lot in common Miss Godfrey? “
” Yes. I told you. They saw monsters in everyone. They saw them everywhere. But Shakespeare made it sound pretty.”
My teacher tossed my paper on my desk.
I got an A.