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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel


From: Julia Shugert (shugert@basd.k12.pa.us)
Date: Wed Apr 05 2000 - 09:55:48 EDT

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    One way that I teach character ed. in the middle school classroom
    is via the character sketch. For example, when we read TOM SAWYER,
    students selected a character or chapter to analyze. Some of the braver
    students traced a partner then identified characterizations such as a
    familiar quote, conflict, symbol, description, etc. They colored in the
    character and wrote about him/her on the long paper. Others cut out
    from magazines to illustrate the same characterizations. This method
    provides a different modality to see the character. I have the character
    sketches hanging about the room so other students can share and discuss
    their opinions.


    >From: Barbara Patch <Barbara.Patch@valley.net>
    >To: Multiple recipients of list <Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org>
    >Subject: Character Education through Literature and Language Arts
    >Date: Tue, Apr 4, 2000, 3:09 PM

    > " The choice teachers have is not whether to teach values but to decide
    > which values they will transmit and how they will transmit them." Lasley
    > and Biddle
    > I just finished my Character Education through Literature and Language Arts
    > workshop day. When I think of a book like Song of Solomon I agree with
    > Linda Stimson. It would be difficult for me personally to allow that to be
    > read in my class as an assignment. I am uncomfortable with the language so I
    > would convey that either in words or body language.
    > I was thinking about different exercises or assignments that we give that
    > have to deal with character education. We have all probably done a heroism
    > type activity. To Kill a Mocking Bird is where I would use that. Any
    > thoughts on incorporating character ed into our study of novels. I think as
    > English teachers we fit it in easier than most of the other areas of study.
    > I'd love to hear some ideas.

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