In an effort to expose junior high school students to a variety of literature, I announced before Thanksgiving break that we'd be completing a novel in three weeks. The remaining three class days would be spent reading the play A Christmas Story.
Immediately, half of the class lit up. They were excited! I was reaching them! I was expanding their horizons and they were responding! Oh . . . what? . . . Ooooops! I misspoke. We will be reading A Christmas Carol and NOT A Christmas Story. No Red Rider bb guns in this play.