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Subject: Re: Frankenstein--for what ability?

From: gcor (gcor@jersey.net)
Date: Thu Mar 23 2000 - 10:22:49 EST


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Hi Dennee,

I have taught the novel recently to a small group of readers in a college
developmental reading course. The language in the novel is very difficult. I
found that I had to discuss each chapter of the book, and read aloud whole
passages to help students decipher meaning. For each section I developed
study guide questions.

Students did "I-Search" type research papers related to an aspect of the book
that interested each of them. I started this process by sharing with them
Internet sites about Frankenstein, and we had a book in our library about
genetic engineering. The students were fascinated by Mary Shelley's life,
too, and several of them began to think that the monster was symbolic of her
existence.

We viewed three versions of the film after we completed discussing each
chapter of the novel.

If you add this novel, the students will experience a degree of frustration
with language, but it then becomes an occasion for discussing how language
changes with the time, how literature reflects the author's identity, how
literature reflects philosophy, religion, history, and science.

I have not yet viewed the videoconference about this novel,but I look forward
to receiving a copy soon.

Truly,

Gail Corso

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Dr. Gail S. Corso
Associate Professor of Comunication Arts
Neumann College
Aston, PA 19014-1298
gcorso@neumann.edu

Denee Stevenson wrote:

> Although I have not read the novel Frankenstein, I've been impressed with
> the depth of issues the 11th grade teacher has his students explore in the
> video
> we see for the course. I have juniors in class who, I feel, would relish
> discussing
> these issues of science, creation, creator, etc. My concern is that they
> have low
> reading levels and low interest in reading.
>
> How difficult is the text of the book? Has anyone used this novel with
> students
> who have below-grade level reading abilities and interests?
>
> Denee Stevenson
>
> stevenson@basd.k12.pa.us

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Hi Dennee,
<p>I have taught the novel recently to a small group of readers in a college
developmental reading course.&nbsp; The language in the novel is very difficult.&nbsp;
I found that I had to discuss each chapter of the book, and read aloud
whole passages to help students decipher meaning.&nbsp; For each section
I developed study guide questions.
<p>Students did "I-Search" type research papers related to an aspect of
the book that interested each of them.&nbsp; I started this process by
sharing with them Internet sites about <i>Frankenstein</i>, and we had
a book in our library about genetic engineering.&nbsp; The students were
fascinated by Mary Shelley's life, too, and several of them began to think
that the monster was symbolic of her existence.
<p>We viewed three versions of the film after we completed discussing each
chapter of the novel.
<p>If you add this novel, the students will experience a degree of frustration
with language, but it then becomes an occasion for discussing how language
changes with the time, how literature reflects the author's identity, how
literature reflects philosophy, religion, history, and science.
<p>I have not yet viewed the videoconference about this novel,but I look
forward to receiving a copy soon.
<p>Truly,
<p>Gail Corso
<p>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
<p>Dr. Gail S. Corso
<br>Associate Professor of Comunication Arts
<br>Neumann College
<br>Aston, PA 19014-1298
<br>gcorso@neumann.edu
<p>Denee Stevenson wrote:
<blockquote TYPE=CITE>Although I have not read the novel Frankenstein,
I've been impressed with
<br>the depth of issues the 11th grade teacher has his students explore
in the
<br>video
<br>we see for the course.&nbsp; I have juniors in class who, I feel, would
relish
<br>discussing
<br>these issues of science, creation, creator, etc.&nbsp; My concern is
that they
<br>have low
<br>reading levels and low interest in reading.
<p>How difficult is the text of the book?&nbsp;&nbsp; Has anyone used this
novel with
<br>students
<br>who have below-grade level reading abilities and interests?
<p>Denee Stevenson
<p>stevenson@basd.k12.pa.us</blockquote>
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