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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re: The Pearl - Steinbeck

From: Nankies@aol.com
Date: Thu May 04 2000 - 15:48:21 EDT

In a message dated 5/3/00 6:42:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
rames@mediaone.net writes:

<< Hi all!
      I am teaching a required text (The Pearl by Steinbeck) for the =
 first time and am seeking some advice from experienced educators. I =
 teach seventh grade in a suburban middle class community. I predict =
 that my students will have a difficult time identifying with the culture =
 and characters. I am hoping to create activites which help students to =
 identify and understand the culture and the main characters. Does any =
 one have any suggestions? I'd greatly appreciate any input.
 Thanks, rames@mediaone.net

Hi "Rames"........
A book that would be a great companion piece is Haruko's World by Gail Lee
Berstein. It gies a very personal introduction to the Asian world, and one
person's interactions. Check it out from the library and see if it might
work for your class. There are probably many other companion books you could
select, that might have more interest for your student's level, but I like
this examination of a Japanese farm woman's world for the reason that is is
factual and concerns real people.

Nancy Kiester, Medford, Oregon


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