Talking Back to Morrison’s Texts: From Reader to Writer. By: Tonya Wells-Abari. Introduction. Why teach Morrison’s texts? Challenges of teaching Morrison’s texts From Readers to Writers Teaching Strategies. Importance of Teaching Morrison. Rich in Language—both Literal and Figurative
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By: Tonya Wells-Abari
“I'm interested in the way in which the past affects the present and I think that if we understand a good deal more about history, we automatically understand a great more about contemporary life. Also, there's more of the past for imaginative purposes than there is of the future.”
--Morrison, An Interview with Time Magazine
ThemesChallenge = Opportunity
Using Prior Knowledge
Pre, During, After Reading
Reciprocal TeachingLiteracy First
ThereQuestion Answer Relationships
“I think some aspects of writing can be taught. Obviously, you can't teach vision or talent. But you can help with comfort.”
Students can create their own personal blog and URL address. They can respond to the text and enter their information just like a traditional journal. Other students can even reply and edit their entries.Create a Blog
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Tonya Wells-Abari is currently a Humanities teacher with On Location Education: School for Young Performers (NY). Additionally, she is a full time writer and copyeditor as well. Some of her credits include HBO’s The Wire, National Treasure 2, Body of Lies, The Lion King and The Color Purple traveling tour. Tonya is also a Language Matters II participant and has used her knowledge of Morrison in both traditional and non-traditional classroom settings. Mrs. Wells-Abari holds a B.A. from the University of MD at College Park and a MBA from the University of MD, University College. She enjoys reading, music, and spending time with family and friends.
Marjorie S. Lancaster is currently a 12th grade English teacher at East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Mrs. Lancaster is a veteran teacher with 32 years of teaching under her belt (28 of those years were spent teaching high school). She holds a B.A. from Duke University and a M.A. from Tulane University. Also a Language Matters II participant, Marjorie feels that teaching Morrison in her classroom is “not an option,” for she has witnessed her students acquire the same passion that she has for Morrison’s work over the years.