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From: Cheryl A. Schober (schober@platteville.k12.wi.us)
Date: Tue Mar 28 2000 - 09:25:07 EST

  • Next message: Cheryl A. Schober: "Re(2): Question"

    shugert@basd.k12.pa.us writes:
    >There are times when I feel as though I am helping my students dissect
    >wonderful pieces of literature when we really should be enjoying them
    >for the sake of their beauty. I try to have them analyze the vocabulary,
    >characters, etc. Does anyone else ever feel like that?

    Jody,
    Yes, I also feel like this from time to time, but I think that we can have
    best of both worlds. I tell my students that what they gain from any
    piece of literature is the most important aspect since we all come from
    different places, have experienced different things, etc. We are all
    going to gain different things from each piece of literature that we read,
    but I'm also there to expose them to taking a closer look at the
    vocabulary, the plot structure, the characters, the setting, the
    symbolism, etc. that they may not even think of while reading. As
    teachers the direction we take students causes them to take a closer look
    at what they have read and gain further insight to the base of knowledge
    they have already gained on their own.
    Cheryl



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