(8/12/02 7:25:46 am)
If he can do it, I am sure the kids in your classes can understand this material well if you teach it to them in an exciting way.
The test, if it is written properly, should have examples that falling squarely into one genre, or alternatively, give students an opportunity to explain their answers. As you know, intelligent students will often see the vagaries of the lines between genres and could make good arguments to support their decisions. There is always a risk of this with any test and part of the reason I dislike poorly written, multiple choice exams. If you can get a copy of an old exam you may soon know whether this will be an issue. Either way though, your approach to this (or any material) should not be guided by the exam.
So, my advice to you is to have fun. Enjoy teaching this material to your students because it is interesting, easy to explore, and because it is important to their general education, not because it is on the exam. Your students will be much more likely to connect with the lesson and retain what you teach them for a long time.
(8/12/02 11:42:18 am)
| Re: Warned, and Awful Ogre|
Thanks for the kind words. Too bad we couldn't have taken those education classes together - of course, then we might have become the *bad* students who whispered in the back seats.
Have you seen the new Jack Prelutsky and Paul Zelinsky book _Awful Ogre's Awful Day_ ? Not a fairy tale or a fractured fairy tale, but poetry about Awful Ogre. "I tickle my piranha Who rewards me with a bite" (p.5) - "I rub my cheeks with dragon blood To uglify my skin." (pg.6)
Prelutsky, Jack. _Awful Ogre's Awful Day_. Pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2001.
It would def. appeal to Roald Dahl lovers. Even if you don't use it in class, you might take a look.
Edited by: Laura McCaffrey at: 8/12/02 11:56:18 am