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ERIC Number: ED437658
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Virtue Ethics and the Teaching of Language Arts.
Kohl, Gin; Kirkpatrick, Sidney
This retrospective paper highlights pedagogical approaches that best engaged at risk middle school (sixth grade) males at a private school that opened in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1997, the year after civil disturbances there made national news. Because of the "treachery" of students' neighborhoods and the isolationist policy of many families, their poverty included a lack of cultural sustenance. Initially, most of the students did not understand conventional interpretations of literature read. However, with enhanced understandings of perspective, drama and language; with opportunities for identification with characters in reading; and with a community leadership initiative, their interpretive skills increased alongside their self-esteem and character growth. Pedagogical approaches included: (1) asking students how they would change the world if they could; (2) using the story "The Blind Men and the Elephant" to introduce perspective and to foster a discussion on trust and dialogue; (3) writing a performance script in collaboration with a troupe of local actors to introduce students to interpersonal communication and argument resolution; (4) refraining from yelling at students; (5) emphasizing meaning in grammar instruction and teaching students to examine texts for word choice; (6) utilizing community involvement to foster leadership; and (7) providing literary characters with whom students identify. Contains 10 references. (EF)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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