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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re: Re(2): Question

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


>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)
>
>Betsy,
>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 . . .
>
>Cheryl
>
>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,
>entertain
> >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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