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Engaging With Literature: A Workshop for Teachers, Grades 3-5

About This Workshop

Asking Questions: An Interactive Guide
1. Foundations

2. Looking at Literature

3. Starting Classroom Conversations

Introduction »

Key Points »

Learning Objectives

Background Reading »

Homework »

Classroom Connection »

Teacher Reflection »

Ongoing Activity »

Additional Reading »

4. Classroom Dialogues

5. Using Art and Other Disciplines To Enrich Classroom Conversations

6. Beginning the Year

7. Many Students: Many Voices and Abilities

8. Reacting to Students' Work

9. The Professional Teacher

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Workshop 3. Starting Classroom Conversations

Rich Thompson and his students form a circle to talk about what they are reading.Learning Objectives

After participating in this session, you will be able to:
  • Incorporate discussion strategies into your literature instruction.
  • Trust the power of student experience as an effective starting point for literature discussions and respect their contributions to conversation.
  • Incorporate two or three general open-ended questions into your classroom conversations.
  • Encourage students to share and discuss questions they have about texts.
  • Arrange your classroom to encourage rich conversations in both small and large groups.
  • Determine ways to help students reflect on and improve the effectiveness of their discussions.
  • Be patient and accepting of silences during discussion.

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