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Engaging With Literature: A Video Library, Grades 3-5
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2. Voices in the Conversation

3. Starting Out

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5. Sharing the Text

6. Building Community
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Whether you are a classroom or preservice teacher, teacher educator, content leader, department chair, or administrator, the materials below can assist you in implementing the practices presented in the video clip.

Assessment and Evaluation: Some Useful Principles

The terms assessment and evaluation are often used as synonyms. Distinguishing between them can be helpful as you plan instruction. Assessment means looking at what students can do in order to determine what they need to learn to do next. That is, assessment, whether of individual students or an entire group, is done in order to inform instruction. Typically assessment is holistic, often recorded simply as "credit" or "no credit."

Evaluation occurs after a concept or skill has been taught and practiced and is typically a scaled response, indicating the level of achievement or degree of competence a student has attained.

Using Literature Discussion Guides

Many teachers using literature circle discussions find it helpful to offer students Discussion Guides as a way of helping them focus their talk about a literary text. Ms. Rowley has prepared guides for I Have a Dream, A Family Apart, Riding Freedom, Which Way Freedom, and Walking the Road to Freedom for this lesson. Each asks students to examine the historical background of the text, targets vocabulary, and suggests several key discussion questions to guide students' explorations of their reading.

Text Pairings

As you plan literature experiences for your students, consider offering text pairings. Some teachers like to introduce students to a number of books by the same author. Others try to find books with similarities in theme or content. Books that have received awards and appear to be developing into contemporary classics are also favored choices. No list of suggestions can be complete or can address every criterion. However, the following list of texts may help you choose titles to complement the ones used in this lesson plan:

I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Margaret Davidson
An Album of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Jeanne A. Rowe
Martin Luther King, Jr. by Beth P. Wilson
Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Man To Remember by Patricia McKissack
Tear Down the Wall! A History of the American Civil Rights Movement by Dorothy Sterling
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Coreen Rappaport

Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story About Sojourner Truth by Jeri Ferris
Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth by Anne F. Rockwell
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Stephen Alcorn

Which Way Freedom by Joyce Hansen
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
Slavery Time When I Was Chillun by Belinda Hurmence
Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts by Pat McKissack, Frederick L. McKissack, and Patricia C. McKissack
Nightjohn by Gary Paulson
Under the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson

A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon
The Orphan Trains by Annette R. Fry
The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America by Marilyn Irvin Holt
Journey Home by Isabelle Holland
Caught in the Act by Joan Lowery Nixon
In the Face of Danger by Joan Lowery Nixon
A Place To Belong by Joan Lowery Nixon

Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Bandit's Moon by Sid Fleischman
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride: Based on a True Story by Pam Muñoz Ryan






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