Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Conversations in Literature
Conversations in Literature — Workshop

Individual Program

1. Responding
as Readers

2. Envisioning

3. Stepping In

4. Moving Through

5. Rethinking

6. Objectifying
the Text

7. The Stances
in Action

8. Returning to the

Support Materials

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Moving Through


Key Points

Learning Objectives

Background Reading

Homework Assignment

Classroom Connection

Ongoing Activity
Additional Reading

Extension: Classroom Connection

You may want to try these activities back in the classroom.

Activity One

Short Story Reading and Discussion:
Read "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson. Using "The Lottery" Discussion Guide Activity Sheet guide students through a discussion of the text [click here for a PDF version]. As the discussion facilitator, focus on drawing out multiple perspectives and interpretations. Discuss the different interpretations and possibilities. Invite questions throughout the discussion and use them as a springboard for further discussion.

Discussion Debriefing:
  • Discuss how the multiple perspectives add to the conversation, as well as to the ability for each individual to build their own understanding of what they read.
  • How have other texts you have read impacted your understanding of this one?
  • How did others' questions help you build a richer understanding of your own?
A biography, criticism, and links related to Shirley Jackson.

Professional Resources Related to Classroom Instruction:

Appleman, Deborah. The Lens of Reader Response: The Promise and Peril of Response-Based Pedagogy in Critical Encounters in High School English, by Deborah Appleman, NCTE, 2000.

Moon, Brian. Studying Literature: New Approaches to Poetry and Fiction. NCTE, 2000. ISBN: 0-8141-4871-9.

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