Hey all, One thing that always seemed to annoy me when I was in grade school was that every English teacher I had seemed to be obsessed with teaching novels. Many of them (A Seperate Peace, Ethan Frome etc) weren't even good novels. I'm a huge proponent of teaching predominantly from short stories. I think that the students with a natural ability for English will still enjoy them and the students who have trouble with the subject (the "math heads") will still be able to do the work and have the sense of accomplishment when they actually finish an assignment that often isn't there with novels (since they often don't finish them). Where does everyone here fall in that debate? Are you pro-novel or pro-short story? If the latter, which novels do you see as essential to be included in the curriculum? Which short stories do you like to teach or have had success with?