Teacher: Why novels should be taught as a whole

10/22/2013 | MiddleWeb

Students benefit from reading entire books first, rather than tackling material chapter-by-chapter, eighth-grade English-language arts teacher Ariel Sacks' writes. Adapted from a recently released book, Sacks writes in this article that reading the whole book helps students engage with the story and allows them to tap into their own experiences and imagination to the meaning rather than the teacher's translation. "In the classroom, we can build a social experience of living in the literary world without discussing each chapter," she writes.

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