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Barbara, being a science teacher, I really do not have to teach character
education however, we do get involved in issues such as the right to dissect
which always lead into vegetarianism versus meat-eating and we sometimes
even get the abortion issue brought up. When we hit this far I try to back
peddle but the students I have had usually have set ideas when it comes to
the biological issues and they are not shy about them. It is fun to see
them engaged in discussion about science especially when they do not even
realize they are doing it.
>From: "Julia Shugert" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org>
>Subject: Re: Character Education through Literature and Language Arts
>Date: Wed, Apr 5, 2000, 1:55 PM
>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
>>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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