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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel


From: Sue Oliver (soliver@d20.co.edu)
Date: Wed Apr 05 2000 - 17:32:56 EDT

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    What a treat to have Walter Dean Myers for a conversation! Some of my students
    a few years ago had the opportunity to talk to him on a panel at a young adult
    literature conference. He is a wonderful speaker who is impassioned about his
    work. He loves relating to children. It surprised me to find out he also
    writes some fantasy novels. Fallen Angels is directly related to the death of
    his younger brother in Vietnam. He's courageous to talk about such an issue
    that impacts his so closely.

    Also on the subject of reluctant readers, I've found that showing an opening
    scene from a movie based on the novel helps them to formulate what the setting
    is like, a mental picture of the characters, and the opening actions. It also
    helped my son who didn't want to read when he discovered the Young Indiana Jones
    books and he had seen the television series to relate to the characters. Now he
    reads novels all the time, even when he shouldn't in his other classes in high
    school. (I've created a reading Frankenstein--hurrah!)
    Sue Oliver


    Academy School District Twenty 20Mail

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