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

From: Amanda Schultz (amanda_adeline@hotmail.com)
Date: Mon Oct 08 2001 - 09:36:27 EDT


Opal,

I did that with my internship class. We read out loud a short non-fiction
piece and then I asked them to responde to the reading in an essay and asked
them to include support from the text. The piece that we read was about
being homeless, and as I'm sure you can imagine the students came up with a
lot of interesting things, some were sad ("my family was almost homeless")
and some were amusing, (one student analyzed all the places that a homeless
person could sleep and still remain safe). They did a really great job at
responding and even though most of them decided to use the same textual
support, most of them did show text support in their papers.

Amanda S.

From: "Opal M." <jaqueen001@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org
To: Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org
Subject: Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Reading out loud
Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001 15:03:04 -0700 (PDT)

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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