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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re: Character Education through Literature and Language Arts

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

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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