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I don’t know much about the Agudah program, but my sister is now in her second year of the Bat Ami program and different schools I have taught in have had Bnot Sheirut from Bat Ami as well. From what I’ve gathered there are a wide range of girls in the program and you should be able to find a group that you’ll be comfortable with.
As far as your concern about rooming, my sister wasn’t happy with the first apartment she was assigned to last year and her advisor was very accommodating in finding her a situation she was more comfortable with. This year she met a family with whom she preferred to board and Bat Ami was fine with her doing that. So you don’t have to worry that apartment assignments are set in stone (as they may have been in your seminaries; I know mine was pretty rigid in that regard).
On a more personal note–Yasher koach! From firsthand experience, the decisions you’ve been making these past few years were not easy ones, and I’m impressed by your self-awareness, self-assurance, and maturity. You seem to be handling the culture shocks on both ends with a good deal more aplomb than I did when in high school and sem. Hatzlacha raba on whichever paths you choose, both next year and in the future.
We grew up on rice. Easy to make and so easy to vary. We’d have rice with tuna (buy up when it’s on sale), rice with curry, rice with peas, corn and carrots–the options are pretty endless.
One more that I remembered afterwards (hopefully this will quiet those who are going nuts over the lack of Jewish-authored, Jewish subject material for English classes)–The Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln. I photocopy chapters and bring them in for girls to read. Few have the patience to read the entire book, but if you pick the right sections, especially ones corresponding to the History or Historia periods they’re learning, they really get into them.
This post was originally meant to help a teacher find material, not argue about philosophy, OTD or who-knows-what. If you have a problem with secular literature being taught in schools, could you please do many of us a favor and begin a new thread elsewhere? Thank you.
That said; some great titles would include:
– The Mysterious Island and The Meteor Hunt (both by Jules Verne) – technically The Mysterious Island is a sequel to “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, but it can be read as a standalone, and is much more exciting to a modern reader than its predecessor. The Mysterious Island is also more of an adventure book, while The Meteor Hunt is a bit more complex thematically.
-To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) -Usually read somewhere between 8th and 10th grade in most high schools, but if your girls haven’t read it yet they may enjoy it. That being said, every year we teach it at my school there is at least one girl (or her parents) who objects to the language and subject matter, so be ready with a back-up if you choose this novel.
-Life is So Good: One Man’s Extraordinary Journey through the 20th Century and How he Learned to Read at Age 98 – While the first chapter details the author’s eye witness account of a lynching, overall the book is clean and very inspirational/upbeat. You could also use it to teach literary devices such as perspective, voice, and setting.
-The Crazy Man (Pamela Porter) – This book is pretty popular among Canadian English Teachers right now. Clean, interesting and written in a very unique format. Definitely worth checking out.
-The Human Comedy (William Saroyan) – Easy to understand and analyze, and has some great themes and devices to explore. The ending is sad, and there is one chapter (page and a half long) you may choose to skip.
-Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Plenty of humor if you’re looking for upbeat work and will get your student’s heads working hard as they try to untangle the puns and meanings. If you do use this, be aware that there are plenty of sick people out there who will attempt to explain the books in disgusting lights. Ignore them.
-Call of the Wild and White Fang – Great books; they’re neither depressing nor upbeat. They sort of just “are”. They’re written well and are interesting though.
Love these! By the way, these sentences are called paraprosdokians.
Sorry-to clarify: teachers who teach secular subjects. However, there are a number of non-Jewish and non-religious teachers who do work in Bais Yaakov schools and Yeshivos teaching secular subjects who respect religious Jews, and from chatter in the teacher’s lounge I know many would like an online place to find materials that would be appropriate for thier frum students. We’d rather not rely on say, LDS-Homeschooling sites for appropriate reading material or lesson plans, but chinuch.org often doesn’t have great middle- high school level chol materials.