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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re: Question

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

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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