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Subject: Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Reading out loud

From: Becky Jenkins (becki2179@yahoo.com)
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 17:20:48 EDT

I agree with what you said about reading aloud to
classes. My supervising teacher reads almost all
short stories aloud to her classes. At the end of the
reading she usually asks questions about the work, but
in her advanced classes (surprisingly) they are not
eager to discuss. Its like pulling teeth to get them
into a discussion about a short story. Do you have
any suggestions on how to get them more interested and
talkative? These are eighth graders.

Becky Jenkins

--- Englishteacher5@aol.com wrote:
> I've seen some of the older posts discussing reading
> out loud to our classes.
> I think this is a very important factor. We have
> different types of
> learners, so the reading may help some aural
> learners. In addition, this
> also gives them a sense of how language should
> sound. I find in my
> internship classes that many of these students don't
> quite understand the way
> standard English is supposed to sound. By giving
> them lots of examples of
> different dialects, we will expand their own
> knowledge of the language.
> This also can help when discussing a book. I think
> for many students, they
> are able to form opinions, but they can't always
> pinpoint where that opinion
> came from. If we, as teachers, state our opinions
> on a novel and back it up
> by reading an exceprt, that models appropriate
> discussion techniques, makes
> the students better critical thinkers and teaches
> them debating skills.
> Michelle Burt

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