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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: [Teacher-TalkNovel] socratic method (Rebecca Jenkins)

From: Becky Jenkins (rj63603@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu)
Date: Sun Sep 30 2001 - 10:43:52 EDT

I thought that this was a great idea to introduce to high school
students. In my experience in high school, the teachers did not have
the students discuss on thier own, novels that we had read. It was only
until I entered a college literature class that this method was revealed
to me. Needless to say, I was a little lost at first, but i did
eventually catch on. This is a great method to teach to students in
high school becuase not only does it prepare them for college but it
also gives them an opportunity to express thier own thoughts and
opinions with others. Unfortunately there are very few classes in high
school that allow students opinions to be spoken and appreciated. This
gives the students a feeling of appreciation and worth with their
personal opinions. I also feel that becuase the students are given so
much time to dig into the text and come up with thier own ideas, and
discuss thier ideas about the text, that the novel becomes more personal
to the student and they have a deeper connection with the novel. I have
experienced reading a text and not feeling connected with it until I
discussed it with someone else who had read it. I see that this will
happen if students are not allowed to discuss novels in class. All in
all I thought this was an excelent method and exercise to do in a high
school class after reading a novel.

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