English teachers and grammar…you’ve got to love them!
When I was in the eighth grade, I read “The Most Dangerous Game,” the classic 1924 short story written by Richard Connell. My English teacher that year, Miss Goggin, a fun woman in her fifties who continually looked for ways to approach topics in an unconventional manner, decided that every student would read the story, and every student would then give a brief oral report on it.
“Now, I’m hoping this will inspire each of you to look at the story in unique and different ways,” she said on the cold, gray November morning she issued the assignment. “The last thing any of us wants is to hear the same report, verbatim, over and over.”
Good intentions, perhaps, but on this occasion, Miss Goggin’s instincts backfired. Of the twenty-five or so oral reports on “The Most Dangerous Game,” nearly all were, if not identical, then close to it. Even Miss…
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