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Hi everyone, I thought it might be good to share some ideas on how you are using the arts to enliven traditional forms of teaching. Let's start with that very familiar middle and high school structure: the novel study. Many of us have been using a very traditional form of looking at novels--usually involving answering a series of questions on plot, character and setting. But I know that some of you have been using various arts-based activities to transform the dreaded novel study into something that takes on a new life in your classroom. I would love to have you share some of these ideas! The holiday season is often a time to recharge, review and renew and so I thought that it would be good if we had some new ways of thinking over which to "mull"...just like our cider. An example: our class has been doing some work on monologues over the first term. One idea that I've proposed to students is to develop and present a monologue around an important incident or theme in the novel that they are reading. The idea is to have them dig deeper into the thoughts and feelings of a main character, and think about some of the inner motivations, emotions and attitudes that might be attributed to the character. Still developing the idea and format, but that is one of the pieces of thinking with which I am currently working! Would love to hear your ideas! stephen