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In Search of the Novel: 9-10 Authors' Notes [electronic resource]

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In this supplement to "In Search of the Novel", contemporary authors, including Orson Scott Card, Horton Foote, Ernest Gaines, Arthur Golden, Daniel Keyes, Katherine Paterson, J. K. Rowling, and Leslie Marmon Silko, reveal even more of their own writing process. Guided by thematic questions, they discuss everything from how they first conceived their novels to what it s like to be a writer and how they imagine teachers should teach their works.
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
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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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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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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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Am I Getting Through? [electronic resource]

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A summary by the teachers, who examine their effectiveness in helping students comprehend and appreciate novels and become lifelong readers. Methods of evaluation are discussed and demonstrated.
Online
2000