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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re: Frankenstein--for what ability & Avoiding Plagiarism

From: Julie Hoffman (hoffmanj@basd.k12.pa.us)
Date: Thu Mar 30 2000 - 17:38:40 EST

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on 3/30/00 12:26 PM, gcor at gcor@jersey.net wrote:

> Julie,
> I think the "I Search" paper is less threatening than a research paper. It
> actually
> alows for exploring ideas, thinking about a new topic. If done carefully, the
> reader can keep track of his or her own thinking. When I teach reading to
> reluctant
> and "poor" readers at the college level, I feel that this strategy serves to
> lure
> them into "inquiry."
> I like your idea about using post-it notes added to parts of the text to show
> details from the novel that relate to their line of thinking.
> Another writing project that students always enjoy is writing a script for one
> scene
> in a novel. when I taught high school English in the 70s, I used to have
> students
> write scenes for chapters in "To kill a Mockingbird" and "The Crucible." They
> always
> followed with a production. I still have photos of what my students did. I
> guess
> making a "production" out of their creative projects adds to the learning
> activities.
> I have been reading comments from teachers who are struggling with unmotivated
> learners. I think the most exciting moments I have had as a teacher occurred
> with
> less motivasted readers who begin to recognize symbolic interpretations. WOW!
> Truly,
> Gail
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Gail, Thanks for the response and the other suggestions. I have just had a
very successful round with Shakespeare's Julius Caesar with my lower level
students. I know what you mean about "WOW". I have never seen these kids
so engaged in what they were reading and hearing. It was a lot of work, but
very satisfying to me to see all those light bulbs going on all over the

Julie Hoffman



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