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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Who Owns the Novel?

From: gamp305@aol.com
Date: Sun Mar 19 2000 - 14:59:55 EST

After viewing this broadcast, it occurred to me that as soon as someone begins to read a novel they own it. As with any possession, they handle it differently than others depending on their past experiences. Last week my tenth grade class did a book talk based on A Raisin in the Sun. Each student chose one question to respond to from a list of twenty questions. They were told beforehand that no one would be told that their response was "wrong" because they owned the story during the time they read it and were entitled to react to it personally based on their previous experiences. We recorded the discussions on video tape. After a shaky start, things got moving. We will finish up tomorrow as there wasn't enough time for everyone to go in one period. They seemed to have enjoyed it and liked arguing with each other. I got this idea from the activity I saw in Broadcast #1 -"Who Owns the Novel?"


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