In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel
Subject: Re: Re(2): QuestionFrom: Janice K. Simms (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Mar 30 2000 - 12:24:23 EST
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I loved your novel choice unit idea. I offer an extra credit program
where students choose one novel (usually twice a marking quarter) from a
group of three titles I suggest. They read the selected novel out of class
and come after school for an evaluation exercise. I often have 20 to 30
students participating. They usually write well beyond the 30 minutes I
schedule and little groups form outside my door (students who have finished
the quiz/evaluation exercise and are waiting for their friends to finish)
discussing the books! An added bonus is that the students then recommend
the books to other students. I try to offer a wide range of titles, usually
contemporary than classic. However, several students really liked Pride and
Prejudice this year and actually asked for another Austen book to be
included on the next extra credit list. I am not sure why this happened!
Some of the titles students have liked include It Happened to Nancy,
Jack, Walking Across Egypt, Warriors Don't Cry, I Had Seen Castles, A Lesson
Before Dying, The Things They Carried. Would you be willing to share the
titles of novels you offer to your students? I teach sophomores and I am
always looking for new titles.