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Discussing Read-Aloud Fiction: One Approach For Motivating Critical Thinking

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This article describes how one middle school teacher used Paula Danziger's (1986) This Place Has No Atmosphere to motivate a group of adolescents to think and respond critically to read-aloud fiction. Included are examples of the discussion strategies the teacher used to stimulate students' interest and facility in dealing with the following: a) judging the effectiveness of the author's word play, b) recognizing different points of view, and c) evaluating the author's ability to relate to her audience.

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