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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel


From: Sukatunkb@aol.com
Date: Mon Apr 17 2000 - 18:58:06 EDT

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    I give them a list of general discussion questions to help them focus as they
    meet each week with their novel group during a similar unit. (Each student
    must respond in writing, but I don't demand that they respond differently
    from others in the group.) I start simply during the exposition by asking
    them to list 10 adjectives which describe the main character, write a
    description of the most important setting so far and predict what is going to
    happen next in the novel they are reading. I progress to more analytical
    questions about theme and character development in the ensuing weeks as they
    delve further into the books. I also ask each time what they learned from
    talking to other people in the group that they hadn't thought about yet.
    This also motivates them to read the book rather than appear to be a slacker
    who is not contributing.

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