The Pearl

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The Pearl by John Steinbeck is a book I remember reading back in school somewhere in the late 70’s early 80’s. Not sure what grade I was in when we read it.  Then several years later I was reintroduced to the book when I went back to teaching English/Language Arts in somewhere around 2009.  ( had a stint as an at-risk/alternative teacher and teaching social studies, which really made NO sense). By the time I went back to it, the students were really struggling to understand the story so my first year was my last year teaching it.  The other teacher didn’t want to use it anymore so it wasn’t my choice.  Fast forward a couple of years and this was required reading for my youngest daughter in 8th and 9th grade English classes.  Her school and teachers tend to spend more time on the classics and the school I teach at seems to concentrate more on modern day literature and lit circles.  Are we losing something when we no longer ask the students to read and wrestle with the classics and instead allow them to spend all of their reading time on more modern literature?

From Amazon “Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull’s egg, as “perfect as the moon.” With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security….

A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man’s nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.”

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