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Subject: Re: Questions

From: Margaret Hagemeister (hagemeis@massed.net)
Date: Thu Mar 23 2000 - 10:23:20 EST


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Cindy,

Your comments about _Song of Solomon_ made me think about how we sometimes,
inadverntently, I hope, forget to validate our students' opinions about the
works we teach. I think sometimes we may send the message that if they don't
like a classic that there is something wrong with them! However, your
statment that "one readers' pan is another's pleasure" reminds me that we
need to encourage and help ours students to articulate their feelings
(substantiated, of course) and personal tastes.

Cindy O'Donnell-Allen wrote:

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> Isn't it funny how one reader's pan is another's pleasure? _Song of
> Solomon_ is my favorite Morrison book (though I haven't read _Paradise_
> yet). I haven't had the opportunity to teach it, but it was one of those
> benchmark books for me in college that opened my eyes to the world of
> contemporary literature and all of its "wonders."
>
> I know that _The Bluest Eye_ is frequently taught in AP courses, and
> while I loved that book as well, I found it more painful to read than
> _Song of Solomon_.
>
> - Cindy
>
> CHRISTINA REGISTER-CHAPPELL wrote:
>
> > I found Song of Solomon hard to get through myself. I teach 12th
> > grade honors and I would not force that one on my students. They
> > have, thus far, enjoyed The Color of Water and Memoirs of a Geisha;
> > they are currently reading I Know This Much is True. I find that
> > these open up just as many opportunities for discussion, but are more
> > enjoyable to read.
> >
> > Christy Register-Chappell
> > North Myrtle Beach High School
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Cindy,
<p>Your comments about _Song of Solomon_ made me think about how we sometimes,
inadverntently, I hope, forget to validate our students' opinions about
the works we teach. I think sometimes we may send the message that if they
don't like a classic that there is something wrong with <b>them</b>! However,
your statment that "one readers' pan is another's pleasure" reminds me
that we need to encourage and help ours students to articulate their feelings
(substantiated, of course) and personal tastes.
<p>Cindy O'Donnell-Allen wrote:
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<p>Isn't it funny how one reader's pan is another's pleasure?&nbsp; _Song
of
<br>Solomon_ is my favorite Morrison book (though I haven't read _Paradise_
<br>yet).&nbsp; I haven't had the opportunity to teach it, but it was one
of those
<br>benchmark books for me in college that opened my eyes to the world
of
<br>contemporary literature and all of its "wonders."
<p>I know that _The Bluest Eye_ is frequently taught in AP courses, and
<br>while I loved that book as well, I found it more painful to read than
<br>_Song of Solomon_.
<p>- Cindy
<p>CHRISTINA REGISTER-CHAPPELL wrote:
<p>> I found Song of Solomon hard to get through myself.&nbsp;&nbsp; I
teach 12th
<br>> grade honors and I would not force that one on my students.&nbsp;
They
<br>> have, thus far, enjoyed The Color of Water and&nbsp; Memoirs of a
Geisha;
<br>> they are currently reading I Know This Much is True.&nbsp; I find
that
<br>> these open up just as many opportunities for discussion, but are
more
<br>> enjoyable to read.
<br>>
<br>> Christy Register-Chappell
<br>> North Myrtle Beach High School
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