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  • December 2022 – Holiday Homework

    Posted by Stephen Nelson on December 1, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Even if you were in CDHS, the excitement of being home for Christmas holidays could be dampened after getting homework. Let’s face it, the last thing you wanted for Christmas was homework.

    With all due respect to English teachers, I remember a couple of holiday breaks having to read a novel. One year, it was Great Expectations and the other year was Moll Flanders.

    There might have been a groan from the class when the reading was assigned.

    I loved reading and still am an avid reader at my age. I doubt the English teacher(s) realized that they had me doing mathematics at the start of the break as well.

    After taking the book out of my briefcase, I’d check how many pages it was. Yes, I carried a briefcase in high school. There was a method in my madness. I would then look at the calendar to see how many days of holidays we had and when my next English class would be.

    Dividing the number of days to read (taking Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Years Day off) by the novel’s number of pages gave me the number of pages I’d have to read to finish the novel in time for the English class.

    If I was lucky, my mother would take me to a store which sold Cole’s Notes. That way I’d have some idea about the plot, motifs, characters etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if many fellow classmates did the same shortcut reading.

    Anyone else calculate how many pages per day, they needed to read over the holidays?

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