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ERIC Number: ED019280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jan
Pages: 7
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THE BATTLE OF THE BOOK REPORTS.
COOKE, ROBERT CRANE
GENERAL AGREEMENT CONCERNING THE IMPORTANCE OF IMAGINATIVE LITERATURE IN THE ENGLISH CURRICULUM HAS IRONICALLY GIVEN RISE TO "A STULTIFYING ACADEMIC GAME"--THE REQUIRED BOOK REPORT. STANDARDS FOR READING BOOKS ARE "CADAVEROUSLY" STEREOTYPED--LONG LISTS OF OUTSIDE READING MATERIAL, AND A SPECIFIED NUMBER OF BOOK REPORTS WHICH INCLUDE SOMETHING ABOUT THE AUTHOR, THE PLOT, THE CHARACTERS' QUALITIES AND FUNCTIONS, THE BOOK'S LITERARY SIGNIFICANCE, AND THE READER'S PERSONAL OPINION. IN CONFUSION, STUDENTS TURN TO "PARAPHRASE" AND "RESEARCH," THUS ASSURING PLAGIARISM. THIS APPROACH TO READING IS CLOSELY ALLIED WITH THE POPULAR SURVEY COURSE IN LITERATURE, IN WHICH AN IMPOSING NUMBER OF AUTHORS AND CENTURIES ARE TOUCHED UPON IN ONE ACADEMIC YEAR. TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO BE ORIGINAL AND THOUGHTFUL READERS AND WRITERS, TEACHERS SHOULD (1) BE IMAGINATIVE IN THEIR TEACHING METHODS, (2) GIVE BOOK REPORT ASSIGNMENTS THAT ARE FLEXIBLE AND CREATIVE IN FORMAT, (3) EMPHASIZE "DEPTH STUDIES" WHICH INVOLVE STUDENTS IN THE WORK OF A PARTICULAR WRITER, AND (4) MEASURE STUDENTS BY THEIR DEPTH OF PERCEPTION, NOT THEIR BREADTH OF EXPOSURE. (THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE "MISSOURI ENGLISH BULLETIN," VOL. 25 (JANUARY 1968), 1-6.) (JB)
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