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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel


From: Barbara Patch (Barbara.Patch@valley.net)
Date: Wed Apr 05 2000 - 17:31:54 EDT

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    Thanks Jodi for the suggestion. Barb Patch

    At 09:56 AM 04/05/2000 -0400, you wrote:
    >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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