on grade eight english

Blame it on Dangerous Minds. (Not to be confused with movies just like it.)
Or our parents' generation, and their need to study Cohen or Dylan in English classes instead of Tennyson or Byron.
But by the time I hit high school, teachers were very intent on tying key literary lessons to popular culture.
This resulted in an entire term spent watching Dinosaurs in Grade 8.
Later, it meant watching Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo rather than reading the actual text.
Again in Grade 8, it meant watching What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
So, I didn't know the movie that made me realize I loved Johnny Depp was actually based on a book. I started to wonder tonight after I bought the DVD of the film....

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