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From: Janice K. Simms (jksimms@massed.net)
Date: Thu Mar 30 2000 - 12:24:23 EST

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    Cheryl,
        I loved your novel choice unit idea. I offer an extra credit program
    where students choose one novel (usually twice a marking quarter) from a
    group of three titles I suggest. They read the selected novel out of class
    and come after school for an evaluation exercise. I often have 20 to 30
    students participating. They usually write well beyond the 30 minutes I
    schedule and little groups form outside my door (students who have finished
    the quiz/evaluation exercise and are waiting for their friends to finish)
    discussing the books! An added bonus is that the students then recommend
    the books to other students. I try to offer a wide range of titles, usually
    more
    contemporary than classic. However, several students really liked Pride and
    Prejudice this year and actually asked for another Austen book to be
    included on the next extra credit list. I am not sure why this happened!

     

        Some of the titles students have liked include It Happened to Nancy,
    Jack, Walking Across Egypt, Warriors Don't Cry, I Had Seen Castles, A Lesson
    Before Dying, The Things They Carried. Would you be willing to share the
    titles of novels you offer to your students? I teach sophomores and I am
    always looking for new titles.

        Janice



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