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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re: Question

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

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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