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Subject: Re: Question

From: Margaret Hagemeister (hagemeis@massed.net)
Date: Thu Mar 23 2000 - 10:21:23 EST


Andrea,

This may be an oversimplification of the issue but I think you have to do both (or at least try). Obviously if you can't "hook" them, they won't read the "classic" literature and you haven't accomplished anything anyway. When I was a beginning English teacher (over 20 years ago --yikes!), I was
armed with a love of literature, enthusiasm and extraordinary naivete. I was eager to discuss every nuance of a work I was teaching. Now I realize that in some ways "less is more." I focus on the few objectives that I think are really necessary to accomplish and try to have students complete
more of the analysis through individual and group work and activities. I don't "cover" everything, but they "get" more out of the class.

Andrea Martine wrote:

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