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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel


From: Jennifer Hack (jhack@mail.phila.k12.pa.us)
Date: Thu Mar 23 2000 - 14:27:29 EST

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    Dear Colleagues,

    I am struggling with an ever-present nemesis, plagiarism. For canonical works,
    students often frequent Monarch Notes, Cliff Notes or related movies. Too
    frequently, these supplements become the sole relationship that my students
    read or view.

    Even though, I believe that there are students who do honestly read the
    prescribed works and may use supplements as aids, there still seems to be
    an inordinate number of students who are looking for ways to circumvent the
    actual reading of whatever work is at hand.

    Some might believe that it's okay because, at least, they are reading, and
    this might be valid. However, these same students are hesitant about
    venturing into discussion or committing themselves to points relating to
    plot, theme, or host of other story elements (possibly for fear of
    discovery). Unfortunately, then, the discussions or related forums are
    relegated to the few who have actual demonstrable knowledge of the literary

    Aside from creating another canon (which I am presently trying to
    construct) that deviates from our sponsored school district listings, what
    remedies work well in your teaching environments?

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