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Engaging With Literature: A Video Library, Grades 3-5
Engaging With Literature

About This Video Library

Lesson Builder

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Video Titles:

1. Signposts
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Featured Texts »
Classroom Snapshot »
Classroom Lesson Plan »
Professional Reflection
Teacher Tools »
Additional Resources »

2. Voices in the Conversation

3. Starting Out

4. Responding
to Literature

5. Sharing the Text

6. Building Community

7. Book Buddies

8. Finding
Common Ground

9. Discussion

Site Map

1. Signposts

Professional Reflection

Take a step back from your classroom and examine the video clip in relation to your own instructional practices. Use the questions below to spark discussion about instructional practices in department meetings, team meetings, or as a writing prompt in your own professional journal.


  • What questions do you have about envisionment building and how it is implemented in the classroom?
  • What roles do you see the teachers in this video clip assuming?
  • How do these classrooms portray Langer's four tenets of envisionment building (students are life-long envisionment builders, questions are central to the literary experience, students use class to build on the understandings and interpretations they arrived with, and the assumption that multiple interpretations are valuable)? Give specific examples.
  • What elements of the envisionment-building classroom occur in your own practice? What changes to your instruction would you like to make to bring it closer to this model?

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