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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

Mr. Hoonan 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 elements of a good discussion about a text?
  • What are the benefits of offering students a choice of reading selections? What are the drawbacks? What are the management issues?
  • What do students need to know and know how to do in order to participate successfully in a small group discussion about a shared text?
  • What support can you offer students to help them be successful participants in group discussions?

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