Hello all,

My name is Patrick McEvilly. I teach English and Social Studies at Freeburg High School. I’ve been teaching for about 12 years. I also coach basketball and have a young son. So when I’m not reading I’m usually occupied with one of those two — or maybe it’s the other way around.

(Amsterdam. When I used to travel.)

My plans for the summer start with a lot of poolside reading, whether it is content or posts for this class or some good escapist fiction, I’ll be reading a lot. I’ve been into spy novels a lot recently. I think its because I miss all the travel I did before I was a parent. I also have to brush up on Reconstruction and WWI for a teaching assignment next year, so I will have to work some of that in as well.

I’m eager to read the YA content for this class and engage with each of you on the topics that we’ll explore. My students really love a range of authors, and I’m eager to read some new ones for this class.

This is my first totally online course — at least that I can remember. It’s also my first lit course since undergrad. I hope I’m ready for it and that the internet has not passed me by. 😉

3 thoughts on “Introduction!

  1. Nice to meet you, Patrick! Two of my kids go to Freeburg high school–they’ll be a junior and senior next school year. I teach at Nashville–English. I’m always brushing up on things or trying to revise units during the summer, so I get it. Can’t wait to talk lit:)

    • Thanks for reaching out, Jenny! Sounds like your summer is off to a good start. I’m a bit jealous you’ve already made it to the beach. I’ve had to “settle” for a pool in South City.

  2. Patrick, it is good to have a history buff in the course–the post on Alice might be the start of a final project. It would be interesting to do a series of posts on empire in children’s lit from the 1860s to 1890s in both British and American lit, especially if you’re thinking about reconstruction this summer.

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