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I posted this over at the MS chatboard, but thought I
could get more specific help here:

With our Language Arts curriculum, our students are
required to do outside reading for class and be prepared
to use that knowledge in class (they usually need to bring
their novels to class also). But the majority of the kids
are not reading or bringing their novels. For awhile I
would supply them with a novel in class, but this quarter
I've chosen not to do that because I could see they would
just rely on me to their job. What creative things
have you done in the past/current to get kids to read and
bring their materials to class?

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J /blockquote>

I can empathize with this issue completely. I have taught in
the inner-city for 6 years now, and, while it doesn't breed
responsibility, I supply the books and we read together in
class. Am I enabling them? Yes. Are they learning to be
responsible? Absolutely not. But are they doing better with
their Eng...See More
Mar 22, 2008
RD with one more thought /blockquote>

I was thinking also that Hatchet is a perfect forum for
discussing and exploring the theme of 'responsibility'. After
all, Brian is placed in a situation in which he is forced to
assume responsibility for his entire existence! So, what about
discussions on:

-Brian's predicament as it pertains to his...See More
Mar 22, 2008
CMR /blockquote>

It's been very interesting to hear the varying sides to this
issue. Thank you to those who, have provided suggestions. I
would just like to say that I do think teaching
responsibility is an issue that needs to be addressed. As I
continue to say "if not at home then where?"

Mar 22, 2008
SD TEacher /blockquote>

These comments have been helpful. As a second year teacher,
one of the challenges has been to get stundents to read their
novels. I did pick up a strategy from my master teacher
during student teaching...give the students a reading quiz
(ie. True/False). The quickly learn the value of the reading
and it ...See More
Mar 23, 2008
A. Hilyard Each kid who walks in with reading material (you choose what) gets a ticket. I choose one ticket at the end - that student gets a prize - sticker, eraser... something small. They don't care what... they just want to read!

On 3/18/08, CMR wrote: > I posted this over at the MS chatboard, but thought I > could get more specific help her...See More
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