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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re: Character Education through Literature and Language Arts

From: Julia Shugert (shugert@basd.k12.pa.us)
Date: Wed Apr 05 2000 - 09:55:48 EDT


One way that I teach character ed. in the middle school classroom
is via the character sketch. For example, when we read TOM SAWYER,
students selected a character or chapter to analyze. Some of the braver
students traced a partner then identified characterizations such as a
familiar quote, conflict, symbol, description, etc. They colored in the
character and wrote about him/her on the long paper. Others cut out
from magazines to illustrate the same characterizations. This method
provides a different modality to see the character. I have the character
sketches hanging about the room so other students can share and discuss
their opinions.


>From: Barbara Patch <Barbara.Patch@valley.net>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org>
>Subject: Character Education through Literature and Language Arts
>Date: Tue, Apr 4, 2000, 3:09 PM

> " The choice teachers have is not whether to teach values but to decide
> which values they will transmit and how they will transmit them." Lasley
> and Biddle
> I just finished my Character Education through Literature and Language Arts
> workshop day. When I think of a book like Song of Solomon I agree with
> Linda Stimson. It would be difficult for me personally to allow that to be
> read in my class as an assignment. I am uncomfortable with the language so I
> would convey that either in words or body language.
> I was thinking about different exercises or assignments that we give that
> have to deal with character education. We have all probably done a heroism
> type activity. To Kill a Mocking Bird is where I would use that. Any
> thoughts on incorporating character ed into our study of novels. I think as
> English teachers we fit it in easier than most of the other areas of study.
> I'd love to hear some ideas.


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