Peanut butter is forever : novel study guide

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Hosanee, Neermal
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1997
Language Arts is used to communicate understandings, ideas and feelings. It is essential that students gain competence in using and understanding language in a variety of forms and contexts and to be able to process and organize information to express their thoughts. Novel studies are one form which offer a mce variety to the basic Language Arts curriculum. Novel studies provide students with a source of entertainment, guidance, and excitement while practicing and perfecting their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Novel study guides offer teachers a wonderful opportunity to help students appreciate and understand novels better, in a context which utilizes the integration of all Language Arts components. Students in this project helped construct the novel study guide by completing work on character sketches, chapter summaries, vocabulary, chapter questions, response journals, novel projects and a novel test. This novel study guide was constructed over a period of six months although the actual novel study in class took approximately six weeks. This project also includes a student survey which analyzes the students' strengths and weaknesses of their experience throughout this project. The novel study enhanced the students' communication and organizational skills. The group work promoted cooperation, sharing, commitment and responsibility. Students did experience some difficulty compiling the materials as a class and some students would have preferred to work on their own. Time was an obstructing factor as the students wished they could have spent another four weeks on the project. Overall, perfecting Language Arts skills is extremely essential if students want to become proficient in the English Language. One must remember that these skills certainly are not learned overnight and require continuous reinforcement and practice on the part of the teacher and the student! Novel studies are only one method which offer students the opportunity to practice these skills.
vi, 118 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. --
Language arts (Secondary) , Canadian literature -- Study and teaching (Secondary) , Zola, Melanie, 1952- . Peanut butter is forever