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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] socratic method (Rebecca Jenkins)

From: Donald/Deborah Peters (csmpeter@erols.com)
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 17:52:07 EDT


Becky,
    I use this with middle school students and they love it. They have valuable opinions and insights and I always learn more about them and the topic at hand.
Debbie Peters

Becky Jenkins wrote:

> I thought that this was a great idea to introduce to high school
> students. In my experience in high school, the teachers did not have
> the students discuss on thier own, novels that we had read. It was only
> until I entered a college literature class that this method was revealed
> to me. Needless to say, I was a little lost at first, but i did
> eventually catch on. This is a great method to teach to students in
> high school becuase not only does it prepare them for college but it
> also gives them an opportunity to express thier own thoughts and
> opinions with others. Unfortunately there are very few classes in high
> school that allow students opinions to be spoken and appreciated. This
> gives the students a feeling of appreciation and worth with their
> personal opinions. I also feel that becuase the students are given so
> much time to dig into the text and come up with thier own ideas, and
> discuss thier ideas about the text, that the novel becomes more personal
> to the student and they have a deeper connection with the novel. I have
> experienced reading a text and not feeling connected with it until I
> discussed it with someone else who had read it. I see that this will
> happen if students are not allowed to discuss novels in class. All in
> all I thought this was an excelent method and exercise to do in a high
> school class after reading a novel.
>
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