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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel


From: Kathleen Sweet (kathy_sweet@hotmail.com)
Date: Thu Mar 30 2000 - 12:20:07 EST

  • Next message: Kathleen Sweet: "Re: Question"

    >From: schober@platteville.k12.wi.us (Cheryl A. Schober)
    >Reply-To: Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org
    >To: Multiple recipients of list <Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org>
    >Subject: Re(2): Question
    >Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 17:41:48 -0500 (EST)
    >Thanks for your feedback. Yes, isn't it wonderful when you are done
    >reading something as a class and the students are looking for more? I
    >find this a lot when my students finish Night by Elie Weisel--they want to
    >read more about the Holocaust. Sadly, though, so many students are so
    >busy outside of school (as we all are), so I don't see as much
    >recreational reading as I used to.
    >A few years back I would have "reading workshop" each Friday. During this
    >time the students would read anything of their choice (magazines, novels,
    >newspapers, etc.). They had to come to class with the reading material,
    >have a plan for what they would accomplish by the end of the hour, read,
    >then evaluate what they got accomplished. Of course, 95% of the time was
    >spent reading, and the students LOVED it. They had a choice of what they
    >could read and they could sit back, relax and read for about 50 minutes.
    >But due to administrative pressure to get more accomplished during the
    >year (the importance of state testing caused this to happen), I had to
    >abandon this practice. I really miss it . . .
    >scheidemantelb@basd.k12.pa.us writes:
    > >Cheryl, I agree completely with you. If you can get a student hooked on
    > >reading, the classics will come because they are just that, classics.
    > >Sometimes we must also let a book do what it was intended to do,
    > >without dissecting and critiquing it. Once you get a student reading
    > >suggest books that you enjoyed and maybe they will become classics to the
    > >student.
    > >Betsy Scheidemantel
    I have found also that hooking a child with reading material that they love
    will increase the odds of them to continue to read. We do read in day at my
    school once a year Iwish it was once a week.
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