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Suggested Addition To Criteria For Selection Of Texts For Study In English Class

February 20, 2011
By Karl Holmgren

It recently came to my knowledge that Coelho's text, The Alchemist, is being used as reading material in the English class of my 10th grade daughter. This text fulfills some of the criteria that I would deem suitable to use in the selection of reading material: It has touched scores of people, is widely available at a low cost, and is indicative of the time in which it was written. However, I would like to add a criterion that would restrict a selection to only pieces of literature:



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