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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Walter Dean Myers

From: Sue Oliver (soliver@d20.co.edu)
Date: Wed Apr 05 2000 - 17:32:56 EDT

What a treat to have Walter Dean Myers for a conversation! Some of my students
a few years ago had the opportunity to talk to him on a panel at a young adult
literature conference. He is a wonderful speaker who is impassioned about his
work. He loves relating to children. It surprised me to find out he also
writes some fantasy novels. Fallen Angels is directly related to the death of
his younger brother in Vietnam. He's courageous to talk about such an issue
that impacts his so closely.

Also on the subject of reluctant readers, I've found that showing an opening
scene from a movie based on the novel helps them to formulate what the setting
is like, a mental picture of the characters, and the opening actions. It also
helped my son who didn't want to read when he discovered the Young Indiana Jones
books and he had seen the television series to relate to the characters. Now he
reads novels all the time, even when he shouldn't in his other classes in high
school. (I've created a reading Frankenstein--hurrah!)
Sue Oliver

Academy School District Twenty 20Mail


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