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Revealing Character [electronic resource]

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A Language Arts teacher and a Visual Art teacher ask eighth-graders to demonstrate their understanding of a novel's characters by creating unusual ceramic place settings.
Online
2005
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Seminar Discussion [electronic resource]

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In Program 5, Dorothy Franklin's diverse Seventh Grade classroom in the heart of Chicago focuses on Langston Hughes's short story, "Passing". Franklin encourages her students to take on the perspective of the characters in the text, with some surprising and satisfying results.
Online
2003
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Sharing the Text [electronic resource]

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BJ Namba's third-grade class works in book groups to connect with characters and perspectives offered by texts that portray unfamiliar situations. Ms. Namba interacts with the groups, demonstrating when to step in to the conversation and when to stand back and observe the group's work. Texts include "The Pinballs" by Betsy Byars, "Just Juice" by Karen Hesse, "The Great Gilly Hopkins" by Katherine Paterson, "War With Grandpa" by Robert Kimmel Smith, and "Maniac Magee" by Jerry Spinelli.
Online
2003
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Who Owns the Novel? [electronic resource]

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Probes the living nature of the novel by illustrating how each reader makes a novel his or her own. Illustrates how interpretation of a novel can change depending on the reader's culture, class, generation, sex and personality.
Online
2000
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What's the Story? [electronic resource]

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Explores how an author spins a story and why the plot is the most important aspect of the novel. Participants examine the importance of the reasons behind events in a novel and consider various ways into difficult novels.
Online
2000
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Are Novels Real? [electronic resource]

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Teachers, students and novelists explore the origins of stories and consider the question, "Must a novel's setting and characters, their motivation and stories, bear some likeness to reality?"
Online
2000
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Who Am I in This Story? [electronic resource]

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Examines the complex ways readers may identify with characters in a novel and take on a number of imaginary roles such as protagonist, narrator, author, or another character.
Online
2000
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What's in It for Me? [electronic resource]

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Teachers discuss ways to help students respond to novels on deeply personal levels. Explores how a novel can transport readers to other places and times, real or imaginary, allowing them to meet people and experience life in many different ways..
Online
2000
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Why Do I Have to Read This Book? [electronic resource]

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The series' ten novels are examined to see why they appear on recommended reading lists and have earned numerous awards. A consideration of the essential elements of good writing and storytelling becomes an exploration of the reasons for reading and a consideration of the ways novels are challenged by students and communities.
Online
2000