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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel


From: Judy Delain (jdelain@luxcasco.k12.wi.us)
Date: Mon May 01 2000 - 10:08:56 EDT

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    I also read aloud to my classes and am a firm believer in it. It helps motivate kids to read themselves. I read Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen when we do a unit on autobiography. Since I live in a very rural district, this book hits home and it's funny besides. It helps kids think about experiences they have had that they could write about and then we do some autobiographical pieces. Parents love their book when they get it also.

    >>> LStimson@ed.state.nh.us 04/18/00 04:47PM >>>
                    I always read aloud to my students. I have taught students
    in grades 4-12. Our "read aloud" book gives the class a reference from
    which to introduce mini lessons. For example, The Wish Giver by Bill
    Brittain, is an excellent book to introduce students to the skill of making
    predictions. If the journal entries for a particular month are to include
    predictions about the books students are reading, then it makes sense to
    have a "common" book we can all discuss. We have mini lessons on making
    inferences, drawing conclusions, foreshadowing...and I highlight these
    skills during our classroom discussions about the current read aloud.
                    Linda Stimson
                    English/Language Arts Consultant
                    NH Department of Education
                    101 Pleasant St
                    Concord, NH 03301


                                    -----Original Message-----
                                    From: schober@platteville.k12.wi.us
                                    Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 6:14 PM
                                    To: Multiple recipients of list
                                    Subject: Re: Reading in class

                            I love your idea of combining novel reading with
    relevant research. I
                            believe that any time a student can make a
    connection between what they
                            have read and their world, learning definitely takes

                            During the discussion groups, will the students come
    up with their own
                            discussion topics or do you give them the discussion
    ideas? Do they get
                            points for their contribution to the discussion
    session? Also, with the
                            research project, do the students have to make
    reference to the novel at
                            all in their paper?


                            soliver@d20.co.edu writes:
    >There was some discussion about reading aloud in
    class or giving class
    >time for
    >students to read. I heartily agree that both
    should be allowed. I teach
    >grade and most of my students enjoy being read to.
    Many of them are slow
    >readers and find it helpful to hear the first page
    or so before I turn
    >loose to read on their own. It gives them a
    purpose for reading and I
    >leave off in a place where they want to keep
    reading. They keep at it
    >until the
    >end of the story or chapter. This also helps slow
    readers to follow
    >along with
    >the words. They can see and hear pronunciation and
    listen to how a
    >should be read.
    >I also agree that kids need time in class to read.
    They do have hectic
    >schedules and appreciate (usually) what time they
    are given. If they
    >misuse the
    >time, they don't get it in the near future.
    >One other idea. I just started a unit where I'm
    combining the reading of
    >novel with their research. I gave them a list of
    12 novels from which
    >could choose. We have 10 of them as class sets,
    which I've taught
    >before. They
    >must choose a novel that 3 other people in class
    are also reading. That
    >they have a discussion group formed and we will
    meet in small groups
    >along the
    >way. Also they must base a research topic on that
    novel. For example:
    >Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt. They could
    research teen runaways,
    >circus professions, the Great Depression, hobos and
    Hoovervilles, etc.
    >They can
    >choose any of the 12 novels and then select what
    topic they'll research
    >based on
    >that novel. The other titles include To Kill a
    Mockingbird, The Iceberg
    >(Roth), Words by Heart (Sebestyen), Woodsong
    (Paulsen), Call of the Wild
    >(London), Hound of the Baskervilles (Doyle), Eva
    (Dickinson), Beardance
    >Summer of My German Soldier (Greene), The Last Silk
    Dress (Rinaldi), and
    >Z for
    >Zachariah (O'Brien). This gives the students a
    feeling that they have
    >the novel and the topic and it's not being pushed
    down their throats. It
    >also (hopefully) give a chance for quieter students
    to voice an opinion
    >in a
    >small group that they wouldn't offer in front of
    the whole class. We'll
    >Any comments/suggestions?
    >Sue Oliver
    >Academy School District Twenty 20Mail

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