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Making Meaning in Literature Grades 6-8
Conversations in Literature — Workshop

About Making Meaning in Literature: A Video Library, Grades 6-8

Individual Clip Descriptions

1. Introducing the Envisionment-Building Classroom
2. Building a Literary Community
3. Asking Questions
4. Facilitating Discussion
5. Seminar Discussion
6. Dramatic Tableaux
7. Readers as Individuals
8. The Teacher’s Role in a Literary Community
9. Whole Group Discussions

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Making Meaning in Literature: A Video Library, Grades 6-8

Executive Producer
Carol Jackson

Content Development
Ann Chatterton Klimas

Senior Producer
Marilyn M. Phillips

Chris Nusbaum
Marilyn Phillips interviewing Barry HoonanSee Spots Run

Lee Cohen Hare
Diane Harrison
Ann Chatterton Klimas

Velocity Pictures
Michael Fevang

Project Coordinator
Sarah Blattner

Associate Producers
William Beustring
Tiffany Judkins

Additional Editing
Daryl Martin
Kathy Pugh

Program Participants
Joe Bernhart
Fondren Middle School
Houston, Texas
Grade 7

Dr. Jan Currence
Stephen Decatur Middle School
Berlin, Maryland
Grade 7

Dorothy Franklin
Dewitt Clinton Elementary School
Chicago, Illinois

video crew working in SeattleAna Hernandez
Howard Doolin Middle School
Miami, Florida
Grade 7

Barry Hoonan
Odyssey Multiage Alternative
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Grade 5/6

Linda Rief
Oyster River Middle School
Durham, New Hampshire
Grade 8

Tanya Schnabl
Sherburne-Earlville Middle School
Sherburne, New York
Grade 6

Flora Tyler
Picacho Middle School
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Grade 6

Original Music
Produced at
Eric Goldberg

Opening Titles
Vizual Solutions

Creative Director
Fred Salkind
Executive Producer
Stephanie Masarsky

videotaping a student performance in New MexicoVideographers
For Maryland Public Television
Frank Leung
Tim Pugh
Marlene Rodman

Freelance Production Crews
Julye Newlin Productions, Inc.
Julye Newlin, Videographer
Jaroslav Vodehnal, Videographer
Linden Hudson, Audio
Linda Brown, Grip
Seattle Video Bureau
David Oglevie, Videographer
Zack Ragsdale, Videographer
Debbie Brown, Videographer
Mark Hollensteiner, Audio
Eric Reeves, Audio/Grip

Nebula Television Productions
Steve Giordani
Phil Vaughn

Open Studios
Peter Bombar

Orbis Broadcast Group
Michael Swanson
Erin Salomone

Paradigm Sound
Jonathan Cohen

Word of Mouth Productions
Orazio Stagnardi
Paris Rich

Post Production Sound
John Davidson
David Wainwright

Closed Captioning
Judi Mann
Robin Gautney

a camerawoman in DallasNational Advisory Panel
Judith A. Langer, Ph.D
Dale Allender
Arthur N. Applebee, Ph.D
Ana Hernandez
Frank Horstman, Ph.D
Mara Johnson
Elizabeth Penfield
Linda Rief

For Maryland Public Television
Vice President of Education
Christie Timms

Director of Business Affairs
Joan Foley

For Annenberg Media
Project Officer
Deborah Batiste
Gordon Lewis

Chief Content Advisor
Judith A. Langer, Ph.D

Executive in Charge of Production
Gail Porter Long

©Annenberg Media 2002

Online/Print Supporting Materials
Online Design
Bean Creative

Technical Support
David J. Tauriello, Online Producer, MPT
Chris Klimas, Associate Online Producer, MPT

Content Development
Sarah Blattner

Kathleen Dudden Rowlands
Sarah Blattner
Ann Chatterton Klimas

Content Reviewer
Ben Graff

A Response-Based Approach to Reading Literature by Judith
Langer, from Language Arts, copyright 1994 by the National
Council of Teachers of English. Reprinted with permission.

Improving Literary Understanding Through Classroom
Conversation and Effective Literature Instruction Develops
Thinking Skill, by Judith A. Langer and Elizabeth Close,
are supplied here as PDFs with the permission of The
National Center on English Learning and Achievement,
University at Albany, State University of New York.

"15 Minutes of Fame" appeared in THE VOICE, November-
December 2001, a newsletter of the National Writing
Project. The article is made available at this site with
their permission. For more information about the
National Writing Project, please visit their Web site at

"Negotiating Story Structures" (Chapter Three)
by Carol Jago, Copyright © 2000 by Carol Jago
Reprinted by permission of the Publisher, Heinemann,
A division of Reed Elsevier Inc., Portsmouth, NH.

"The Quiet World," © Jeffrey McDaniel. Reprinted from
The Forgiveness Parade. San Francisco: Manic D Press,
1998 by permission of the publisher.

Langer and Applebee: Elena Siebert



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