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From: Cindy O'Donnell-Allen (cindyoa@lamar.colostate.edu)
Date: Wed Apr 12 2000 - 18:20:52 EDT

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    Lynn,

    This sounds like a wonderful approach (good titles, too!). You might also add _What
    Girls Learn_ by Karin Cook, _Caucasia_ by Danzy Senna, _She's Come Undone_ by Wally
    Lamb, and _The God of Small Things_ by Arundhati Roy to your list. All wonderful
    reads that would be appealing to older adolescent readers, I think.

    - Cindy

    Lynn Aprill wrote:

    > Cindy O'Donnell-Allen wrote:
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    > > Do you ever ask students to read contemporary literature?
    >>
    > > Just curious,
    > > Cindy
    >>
    >
    > Cindy,
    >
    > When I started Creative Writing, I inherited a "list" of biographies and
    > autobiographies from another teacher which were supposed to be "good writing".
    > I had never read any of them, so how could I possibly encourage my students to
    > read them? I think being a reader yourself is the greatest encouragement you
    > can give to students. I dumped the original list and came up with a list of
    > contemporary literature which I have read the last five years as part of a book
    > club, and which I knew were great books. Some of them are difficult reads (A
    > Prayer for Owen Meany), and many today contain "adult situations", but we
    > discuss this beforehand. I use this with a junior/senior class, so most of them
    > have been exposed to this stuff long before they select from this list. Some of
    > the other titles include Deep End of the Ocean, Map of the World, Black and
    > Blue, The Bean Trees, Snow Falling on Cedars, Flowers for Algernon, Watership
    > Down, Montana 1948 (by a great Wisconsin writer, Larry Watson). It is so fun
    > watching my students devour these books, and it is so much easier for me to
    > encourage them to read, because I know what they're about. We have a continuing
    > dialogue during the quarter that they read them, and then they do an analysis
    > paper on them in the second quarter.
    >
    > Lynn Aprill
    > Bonduel High School

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