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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel


From: Barbara Patch (Barbara.Patch@valley.net)
Date: Mon Apr 24 2000 - 13:52:35 EDT

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    I have my English Certification K-12 but do not teach in regular school
    classes. I work with a program for children of agricultural workers who move
    frequently in order to get work in agriculture. All the states have a
    program like this. It is generally called the Migrant Education Program. I
    am also a mother of four and found that it helps me to keep up with what my
    migrant and my own children are reading by listening to novels on tape in
    the car. Unabridged novels of course!

    I am telling you this since I think hearing the written word for some
    children and adults gives them pleasure they never would receive by having
    to read it. This is especially true for slow learners or those who may have
    comprehension problems while they are reading. I am happy to hear that so
    many of you read to your classes. It helps me to pass the time in a
    productive way, since I have an hour commute.

    My son's fifth grade teacher just finished reading Bridge to Terabithia to
    her class aloud. He had already heard it on tape last summer. It was good
    for him as he said he got more out of it this time. Last time, he said he
    thought about death the most and this time he thought more about friendship.
    I was really satisfied to see his comprehension growth. This prompted me
    to choose Bridge to Terabithia for my final project. I want to see what
    others in his class gleaned from this story. I want to show excerpts from
    the tape of the author. I especially want to see how the class reacts to
    Katherine Paterson's retelling of why she wrote the book. I plan to have a
    discussion surrounding the issues in the book and get into the values that
    the students have on friendships. If any of you have any ideas, they
    certainly will be welcomed.

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