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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: RE: Question

From: Stimson, Linda (LStimson@ed.state.nh.us)
Date: Thu Mar 30 2000 - 17:38:10 EST

                I'd love to see a copy of your "Cliff Notes".
                Linda Stimson
                English/Language Arts Consultant
                NH Department of Education
                101 Pleasant St
                Concord, NH 03301

                                -----Original Message-----
                                From: Nankies@aol.com
                                Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2000 9:25 AM
                                To: Multiple recipients of list
                                Subject: Re: Question

                        In a message dated 3/24/00 1:47:44 PM Pacific
Standard Time,
                        cindyoa@lamar.colostate.edu writes:

                         One solution I arrived at with students reading
Shakespeare and other complex
                         works was to ask them to create their *own* Cliffs
Notes. (Interestingly,
                         first year I did this, a handful of students
actually tried to plagiarize
                         Notes to complete this assignment, but just a
handful.) I invented my own
                         and provided a lot of support along the way, but
for the most part, students
                         really got into creating their own custom-made
study guide which they could
                         use in future, more involved assignments. They did
one guide per act, and
                        many of
                         their responses then became springboards for our
class discussion of the
                         In case anyone wants to take a look, I've attached
a version I created when
                         read _The Crucible_ along with a sample I wrote
myself for Act I.
                         - Cindy >>
                        Cindy, the attachment was garbled. Can you send it
again? Nancy R. K.


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