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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Reading out loud

From: Opal M. (jaqueen001@yahoo.com)
Date: Sun Oct 07 2001 - 18:03:04 EDT

I agree with you about substantiating our opinions
with the text. In my internship class it is extremely
difficult to do this with my students. They usually
just say - 'Oh, it was OK'. My supervising teacher
and I model appropriate behavior but for some reason
their not picking up on it. I was thinking about
assigning a paper where there were to give an opinion
about the text and have them support it with text.
What you do you think?
--- Englishteacher5@aol.com wrote:
> I've seen some of the older posts discussing reading
> out loud to our classes.
> I think this is a very important factor. We have
> different types of
> learners, so the reading may help some aural
> learners. In addition, this
> also gives them a sense of how language should
> sound. I find in my
> internship classes that many of these students don't
> quite understand the way
> standard English is supposed to sound. By giving
> them lots of examples of
> different dialects, we will expand their own
> knowledge of the language.
> This also can help when discussing a book. I think
> for many students, they
> are able to form opinions, but they can't always
> pinpoint where that opinion
> came from. If we, as teachers, state our opinions
> on a novel and back it up
> by reading an exceprt, that models appropriate
> discussion techniques, makes
> the students better critical thinkers and teaches
> them debating skills.
> Michelle Burt

Sincerely,Opal McLean
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