In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel
Subject: Re: QuestionFrom: Cindy O'Donnell-Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Mar 22 2000 - 14:20:30 EST
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This approach sounds wonderful! On a more personal note, where are you
teaching? I'm always on the lookout for colleagues in CO!
> I use Brave New World with my seniors to set the stage for the rest of the
> term. I always hope for the emotional response to the first few chapters as
> the children are being trained in sexual gamesmanship and the explanation of
> the cloning unfolds. I try to emphasize that even though they are shocked by
> this, we are moving toward a brave new world of our own extremely quickly.
> I divide them into 3 groups and have each defend one of the following
> societies (as members of the society): Brave New World, our own society or
> the reservation society. It's great fun when I switch the groups around a
> number of chapters later and they have to defend a different society. This
> does help them to define the values that they have. They tend to be somewhat
> conservative in my little rural school, but I live in Boulder, Colorado, and
> because that is a college town we tend to be a bit more liberal. I spend a
> lot of time in culture shock.
> Anyway, I always find that BNW offers wonderful bridges to current realities
> and allows them a chance to consider some extremely important questions about
> the future.
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