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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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Professional Reflection

Ms. Hernandez thinkingTake 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.

Consider:

  • What is successful in this classroom's literature discussion?
  • How do you think the teacher brought the students to this point?
  • Keeping in mind the goal of helping students create their own understandings of literature, in what ways can this classroom discussion evolve?
  • How can students contribute to the conversation? How can the teacher push the students' dialogue along?

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