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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. Franklin workingTake 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 are the hallmarks of a "good" literature discussion?
  • Consider the best literature discussion you have had with your own students. Why did it work so well? What did the students contribute to the conversation? What was your role as the teacher? What did you do to prepare the students for the discussion? How did you encourage students to get involved in the dialogue? What structure was in place to ensure a successful conversation?
  • How can you recreate a similar experience in your classroom?
  • How can you push students to take the conversation one step further?
  • What do you hope students will gain in a literature discussion?

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