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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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Assessment & Reflection

Lesson Builder

Think Aloud

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Sample Stance-Framed Questions

Lesson Builder: Assessment & Reflection

Teachers are constantly thinking on their feet, making swift adjustments to instruction in order to meet the needs of all their students within a given class session. Take the luxury of reflecting upon the implementation of this renewed lesson and how it worked in your classroom. As a reflective practitioner, you have the opportunity to learn from the classroom experience, growing as a professional and honing your instructional practices.

To learn more about the "teacher as a reflective practitioner," visit the following links:
  • For information and a reflection cycle diagram, visit the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. It targets pre-service teachers, as they begin to strive towards becoming master teachers. Even so, the information is relevant to any teacher, at any point in their career.
  • Access information regarding the teacher as a professional from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Questions to Ponder...
After you implement your renewed lesson plan in your classroom, consider:
  • What helped your students get into the piece and build their interpretations?
  • Describe the kinds of thinking your students were doing. What were they focusing on?
  • What didn't work well? Why do you think you had complications?
  • What was the role of the teacher? What was the role of the students?
  • Did all students participate? Why/why not? How can you get more students involved next time?
  • What would you change for next time?
  • Did students value one another's comments and perspectives? How can you continue to promote this in your classroom?
  • What do you think the students learned from the classroom experience? What didn't they learn? What questions were left unanswered? How can you help the learning happen more readily next time?
  • Did you use the class meeting to explore the literature and raise questions or was the class time used to answer questions?
  • What surprised you?

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