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From: Margaret Freeman (MargaretF@darlington.k12.sc.us)
Date: Tue Apr 04 2000 - 14:27:34 EDT

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    In the case of language and sex in selections read as a class assignment I generally lead a discussion on writer's choice of words and inclusion of
    sex scenes.....even if it is just suggested....Then I proceed to discuss with the class that these issues will not be discussed in detail beyond the area
    of writer's purpose(possible purpose) for the inclusion of such material..

    It allows me to address the issues without getting into detailed discussions of specifics....I teach in SC eleventh and twelfth graders.These same students
    openly discuss/ask anything out loud.....they will quickly admit to watching/hearing/doing worse....I feel if I set the right "tone" it will be maturely handled by all.

    >>> "Stimson, Linda" <LStimson@ed.state.nh.us> 04/04/00 12:06PM >>>
                    I am presently reading Morrison's Song of Solomon and I
    would like to hear form any of you who use this book in the classroom how
    you deal with the language and sex in this book. I find this to be powerful
    reading; however, I would be uncomfortable using this book in any classroom
    discussions.
                    Linda Stimson
                    English/Language Arts Consultant
                    NH Department of Education
                    101 Pleasant St
                    Concord, NH 03301
                    lstimson@ed.state.nh.us

     

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                                    From: Cindy O'Donnell-Allen
    [SMTP:cindyoa@lamar.colostate.edu]
                                    Sent: Friday, March 31, 2000 4:29 PM
                                    To: Multiple recipients of list
                                    Subject: Re: Questions

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                            I may have my very own "MorrisonFest" this summer
    because I also want to read _Playing in the Dark_.

                            - Cindy

                            Andrea Martine wrote:

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    > Cindy,
    > You must read Jazz by Morrison. I think
    that you will enjoy it.
    > Andrea
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    > > From: "Cindy O'Donnell-Allen"
    <cindyoa@lamar.colostate.edu>
    > > To: Multiple recipients of list
    <Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org>
    > > Subject: Re: Questions
    > > Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 14:21:21 -0500 (EST)
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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,<BR>
    > You must read <I>Jazz </I>by Morrison<I>.
    </I>I think that you will enjoy it. Andrea<BR>
    > ----------<BR>
    > > From: "Cindy O'Donnell-Allen"
    <cindyoa@lamar.colostate.edu><BR>
    > > To: Multiple recipients of list
    <Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org> <BR>
    > > Subject: Re: Questions <BR>
    > > Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 14:21:21 -0500 (EST)<BR>
    > > <BR>
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    > > Isn't it funny how one reader's pan is another's
    pleasure? _Song of<BR>
    > > Solomon_ is my favorite Morrison book (though I
    haven't read _Paradise_<BR>
    > > yet). 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."<BR>
    > > <BR>
    > > 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_.<BR>
    > > <BR>
    > > - Cindy<BR>
    > > <BR>
    > > CHRISTINA REGISTER-CHAPPELL wrote:<BR>
    > > <BR>
    > > > I found Song of Solomon hard to get through
    myself. I teach 12th<BR>
    > > > grade honors and I would not force that one on
    my students. They<BR>
    > > > have, thus far, enjoyed The Color of Water and
    Memoirs of a Geisha;<BR>
    > > > they are currently reading I Know This Much is
    True. 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<BR>
    > > <BR>
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