Friday, July 18, 2008

The benefits of camping on the pursuit of scholarly knowledge, OR, Why I won't be blogging next week

Jacob and I will spend next week at Camp Bradley, north of Stanley. I went with him last year and enjoyed the week immensely. It was refreshing, restful, and I actually got some reading for fall classes done. I hope to be able to do the same this year. I’ll take several books from the fall lineup and spend at least part of the time prepping tasks and reading schedules. I’m actually looking forward to that work, which is one of my favorite parts of teaching.

Here’s what I plan to take:

  • Seeing and Writing 3 (I haven’t used this edition before and I need to vet the whole book for possible uses in Engl 101)
  • Fahrenheit 451 (I’m actually reading this one so I can comment on its suitability for David’s class at BYU-Idaho. Not having read it before, perhaps I can see it with fresh eyes and provide some insights for him.)
  • In the Time of the Butterflies (I’ve read this probably 6 or 7 times, but I’m teaching it again this fall after a hiatus of 3 or 4 years, so I need to refresh.)
  • Beowulf (same thing as Butterflies, I’ve read and taught it, but not for a while. Time to reacquaint myself with it. BTW, I’m reading both the famous Seamus Heaney translation that I’ve ordered AND a new translation that has quite a bit of promising ancillary material.)(I saw that the Norton Critical edition of this is the Heaney translation. I may change my book order.)
  • latest issue of CCC (College Composition and Communication) (After all, I need to keep up on what is happening in my field.)
  • Dreamers of the Day and/or Children of God by Mary Doria Russell (these, I’ll admit, are for fun.)

Beyond that, I’m sure I’ll hike some, nap some, overeat some (you can’t believe how much I ate last year– I’m a little ashamed of myself). There will also be the obligatory “bird dogging” (getting boys off to merit badge classes, etc).

I guess I’d better go pack. I may need to buy a bigger book bag.

See you all in a week.

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