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ERIC Number: ED366969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
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Seminar Methods in Middle School Literature.
Ediger, Marlow
Middle school students can become fascinated with literature if they have a choice in selecting which trade book to read and the means of revealing comprehension. One student teacher (ST) developed a bulletin board to stimulate learner interest in reading for her sixth grade students. "Read and Digest" was the heading, with four illustrations showing a student reading, travel scenes, historical figures, and four new book jackets which overlapped. Using the book "Cassie Binegar" (Patricia MacLachlan), the ST discussed the bulletin board with the class and told related trade book content for each illustration. The ST mentioned that she would like to use a seminar method to discuss the book in depth, and she explained this method to the four students who had volunteered to read the book. The four students, when asked if they had enjoyed the book, responded in the affirmative. They were enthusiastic and ready to share and analyze ideas contained in the book. The open discussion between the ST and the students used brainstorming effectively--33 responses were provided by learners as to how the heroine of the novel might have resolved her feelings about the house her family lived in. The group of students finished off their discussion by writing a "diamante." (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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