Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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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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Classroom Snapshots

Classroom Lesson Plan

Professional Reflection

Teacher Tools
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Featured Texts

Among the Hidden by Margaret Haddix
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper
The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

The classrooms shown in this clip — and throughout this video library — use a number of different young adult titles. Those listed above are the books used in the classrooms focused on single titles. Refer to the portions of the guide featuring specific classrooms for detailed information about each title.

Often the students in these classes are asked to make their own reading selections. They may be given complete free choice as they often are in Ms. Rief's class, or they may be asked to choose from a selected list based on theme, reading level, or availability. When choosing or recommending books for students, all the teachers profiled here seek titles that will engage students and challenge them in some way to think about their own lives and about the world they live in.

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