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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

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From: Amanda Schultz (amanda_adeline@hotmail.com)
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 11:10:43 EDT

  • Next message: KHammer101@aol.com: "Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] books-on-tape"

    Whenever I was in high school (4 years ago) I always had a hard time
    enjoying the novels my teachers picked for us to read. It seems to me that
    I must have had my public school education filled with English teachers that
    didn't really care about what their students liked. I wish they would have
    asked me that question and I would have been happy to let them know. I
    didn't enjoy reading the classics, and perhaps that is because of the way
    they were presented, but I did enjoy reading young adult novels, and
    suspense novels written by Mary Higgens Clark, which I read in my 12th grade
    British Literature class... Mary Higgens Clark isn't a Brisith author that
    I'm aware of, so that may give you an indication of the kinds of teachers
    I've had... the kind that give the students a novel to read that has nothing
    to do with the subject they are teaching.

    To answer your question, I believe that the average high school student
    would be interested in reading books that pertain to their lives. They
    don't want to read about people hundreds of years ago, experiencing things
    they will never have to. The want their readings to be real to them. I
    think Young Adult Literature is a wonderful way to get students reading and
    it allows them to read about people going through things that they
    themselves are experiencing. The classics are important, but I beleive it
    is more important for students to be reading... and if they will read a YA
    book that has connecting themes with a classic piece of literature, then
    they would be more likey to enjoy the classic.

    I don't know if that really answers your question, but I do beleive that if
    my teachers would have bridged the classics with YA novels, I would have
    enjoyed the classic much more than I did. Ask your students, ask them about
    their interests and then make a decision about what they would enjoy reading
    or what would be applicable to their lives.

     

     

    From: Laughindaisy@aol.com
    Reply-To: Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org
    To: Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org
    Subject: [Teacher-TalkNovel]
    Re:%20[Teacher-TalkNovel]%20Still%20searching%20for%20the%20novel&In-Reply-To=<p
    Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 08:12:23 EDT

    What type of novel is the average high school student interested in today?

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