Flowers for Algernon

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    Has anyone read this or had their students read it. Did you enjoy it?I am considering it for my 8th graders.
     
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    I remember the movie when I was that age. Very sad.
     
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    We read it when I was in 9th grade...sad book, sad movie.
     
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    I just asked my son. He read it in GT (8th grade) this year but only in school. I wasn't even aware he read it.

    Here are some decent lesson ideas for it. http://www.abcteach.com/free/l/lit_flowersforalgernon.pdf
     
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    I read it a long time ago. It's really sad. I do know it's been banned in some high schools, so make sure that it's okay for where you're teaching.
     
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    It's on our 8th grade reading list, so we have it in our book closet. For those of you who have read it, did you like it? Was it boring? I want something that my kids will want to read.
     
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    not boring at all...well developed characters...written in a unique style- Charlie as the narrator tells the story through a series of 'progress reports'...

    There was a 2005 remake of the movie with Matthew Modine.
     
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    I am talking to my son. His class read the book and he enjoyed it. He did not consider it boring.

    I read the book and saw the movie. I also felt sad. I also thought there were many valuable lessons in the story. Lessons that would benefit many people.
     
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    I read it in 8th grade, I think. I remember it being very interesting and a good read.
     
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    The shortened diary-novella version is in my 8th graders Literature textbook. The actual novel is pretty "adult."

    It's one of my favorite units to teach! I love Charlie Gordon.

    Yes, it's one of the top ten Banned Books, but so is The Diary of a Young Girl.

    The kind of people who advocate censorship have no taste, no shame, and no brain.
     
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    I don't advocate censorship at all, but the fact is that it IS on banned book lists and it's something that a teacher considering the book needs to be aware of. I personally thought it was a wonderful, increadibly thought provoking book and would love to see it taught more frequently, at least at the high school lelvel.
     
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    I teach "Flowers for Algernon" in my 8th grade literature class. It is a shortened version in our Literature textbook. The students enjoy it every year!

    I didn't know they made a new movie?!
     
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    I have read the shortened version that is in my 8th grade literature book with my students and they really enjoy it. We watched the movie as well but they did not like that as much as the book.
     
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    When I taught English, I used it. I actually like it, and many of my students did too. Naturally, some hated it, but it really is a good story. Also, me and the biology teacher prepared a lot of worksheets and activities to show the connections between ELA and BIO.
     
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    Thanks everyone :thumb:
     
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    My son read it last year in school. I read everything he reads, so I also read it.
     
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    When I taught 8th grade, my students read the version in their textbooks. This was a group that overall did not like to read & they LOVED this story. We were able to do so many extension activities because they enjoyed the story. We also watched the movie, & they liked the book better too!
     
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    I taught the story when I fist started teaching it and HATED it. Ughh, absolutely couldn't stand it!
     
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    I loved the book! It was actually a short story by Daniel Keyes before it was it made into a novel. It was also made into a movie in 1968, called Charly. Cliff Robertson played the lead role, and won a Oscar for his performance. Great movie, too!
     
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    I taught it the first year I had 8th grade - again, it's in the Lit book and is on the scope! and my kids? Thought it was hilarious. Sensitive they were not. Open discussions on mental retardation and how such people are treated by society brought on fits of giggling. Lots of "Run Forrest!" being shouted.

    Personally, I like the story - but I HATE the 8th grade curriculum. It is the WORST lit book!
     
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    I havent read it, why is it contraversial? Why is it considered "adult"?
     
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    I have not read it in years, but if I remember correctly, I think that Charly Gordon develops feelings for the female doctor who did his surgery. Also, it was really harsh, in that Charly was treated very badly by his coworkers.
     
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    We do the short story version, and my eighth graders typically have a good discussion afterwards. We do a "four corners" discussion where 1=strongly agree, 2=somewhat agree, 3=somewhat disagree, and 4=strongly disagree. I then read statements about the ethical questions involved. They move to the corner and defend their opinion, and others can move if their minds are changed.
     

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