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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel


From: Betsy Scheidemantel (scheidemantelb@basd.k12.pa.us)
Date: Tue Mar 28 2000 - 17:08:08 EST

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    Jody, I feel the same way you do, that feeding the elementary students bits
    of the classics is a good way to get them hooked. Do we always have to
    analyze these novels? Can't we sometimes just enjoy them for the
    entertainment they bring?
    Betsy Scheidemantel
    >From: "Swann, Peggy" <Swann_P@nsti.tec.tn.us>
    >To: Multiple recipients of list <Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org>
    >Subject: RE: Question
    >Date: Thu, Mar 23, 2000, 3:16 PM

    >Yes, I feel caught between wanting my students to delve deeper via
    >rhetorical devices, yet as they struggle to apply these strategies, they
    >miss out on the mere pleasure of responding to phrases, words, events, etc.
    >They need better questioning, examining, analyzing and synthesizing skills
    >as future academics, professionals, technicians, consumers, and family
    >members, yet they need to experience the sheer pleasure ot reading elegant,
    >graceful language that gives voice to their own experience.
    >Its the blending of the heart that sparks conviction and logic that protects
    >them from predators.
    >> -----Original Message-----
    >> From: Julia Shugert [SMTP:shugert@basd.k12.pa.us]
    >> Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2000 1:20 PM
    >> To: Multiple recipients of list
    >> Subject: Re: Question
    >> Andrea,
    >> I think it would be wonderful to get students hooked on classics
    >> from an early age. I know that Douglas was hooked on TOM SAWYER
    >> because his third grade teacher read excerpts to him. Elementary
    >> teachers can lay a solid foundation for their children with excerpts
    >> from the classics.
    >> 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?
    >> thanks,
    >> Jody

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