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From: Margaret Hagemeister (hagemeis@massed.net)
Date: Thu Mar 23 2000 - 10:23:20 EST

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    Cindy,

    Your comments about _Song of Solomon_ made me think about how we sometimes,
    inadverntently, I hope, forget to validate our students' opinions about the
    works we teach. I think sometimes we may send the message that if they don't
    like a classic that there is something wrong with them! However, your
    statment that "one readers' pan is another's pleasure" reminds me that we
    need to encourage and help ours students to articulate their feelings
    (substantiated, of course) and personal tastes.

    Cindy O'Donnell-Allen wrote:

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    > Isn't it funny how one reader's pan is another's pleasure? _Song of
    > Solomon_ is my favorite Morrison book (though I haven't read _Paradise_
    > yet). I haven't had the opportunity to teach it, but it was one of those
    > benchmark books for me in college that opened my eyes to the world of
    > contemporary literature and all of its "wonders."
    >
    > I know that _The Bluest Eye_ is frequently taught in AP courses, and
    > while I loved that book as well, I found it more painful to read than
    > _Song of Solomon_.
    >
    > - Cindy
    >
    > CHRISTINA REGISTER-CHAPPELL wrote:
    >
    > > I found Song of Solomon hard to get through myself. I teach 12th
    > > grade honors and I would not force that one on my students. They
    > > have, thus far, enjoyed The Color of Water and Memoirs of a Geisha;
    > > they are currently reading I Know This Much is True. I find that
    > > these open up just as many opportunities for discussion, but are more
    > > enjoyable to read.
    >>
    > > Christy Register-Chappell
    > > North Myrtle Beach High School
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    Cindy,
    <p>Your comments about _Song of Solomon_ made me think about how we sometimes,
    inadverntently, I hope, forget to validate our students' opinions about
    the works we teach. I think sometimes we may send the message that if they
    don't like a classic that there is something wrong with <b>them</b>! However,
    your statment that "one readers' pan is another's pleasure" reminds me
    that we need to encourage and help ours students to articulate their feelings
    (substantiated, of course) and personal tastes.
    <p>Cindy O'Donnell-Allen wrote:
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    <p>Isn't it funny how one reader's pan is another's pleasure?&nbsp; _Song
    of
    <br>Solomon_ is my favorite Morrison book (though I haven't read _Paradise_
    <br>yet).&nbsp; I haven't had the opportunity to teach it, but it was one
    of those
    <br>benchmark books for me in college that opened my eyes to the world
    of
    <br>contemporary literature and all of its "wonders."
    <p>I know that _The Bluest Eye_ is frequently taught in AP courses, and
    <br>while I loved that book as well, I found it more painful to read than
    <br>_Song of Solomon_.
    <p>- Cindy
    <p>CHRISTINA REGISTER-CHAPPELL wrote:
    <p>> I found Song of Solomon hard to get through myself.&nbsp;&nbsp; I
    teach 12th
    <br>> grade honors and I would not force that one on my students.&nbsp;
    They
    <br>> have, thus far, enjoyed The Color of Water and&nbsp; Memoirs of a
    Geisha;
    <br>> they are currently reading I Know This Much is True.&nbsp; I find
    that
    <br>> these open up just as many opportunities for discussion, but are
    more
    <br>> enjoyable to read.
    <br>>
    <br>> Christy Register-Chappell
    <br>> North Myrtle Beach High School
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