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From: Donald/Deborah Peters (csmpeter@erols.com)
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 17:52:07 EDT

  • Next message: Donald/Deborah Peters: "Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Reading out loud"

    Becky,
        I use this with middle school students and they love it. They have valuable opinions and insights and I always learn more about them and the topic at hand.
    Debbie Peters

    Becky Jenkins wrote:

    > 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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