Ask ERIC http://www.askeric.org
This educational database provides access to thousands of helpful resources for teachers. A search for "classroom discussion" identifies a number of articles useful for teachers interested in improving their students' discussion skills.
This non-profit site collects booklists, authors, reviews, and "must reads." The children's literature section of the site features a wide variety of links and author lists.
Professional Journals About Literature Instruction:
CELA Newsletter http://cela.albany.edu/newsletter.htm
The National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement, State University of New York, Albany, publishes a newsletter in the fall, winter, and spring. The newsletter addresses a wide range of issues concerning literacy.
The National Council of Teachers of English http://www.ncte.org/
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) publishes many subscription journals including Language Arts for the elementary school level. Many issues are available online to members.
The International Reading Association http://www.reading.org The Reading Teacher from the International Reading Association typically includes excellent articles about literature instruction as well as regular reviews of new children's literature titles.
Texts mentioned by teachers or students in this workshop program:
Sounder by William Howard Armstrong The Big Bike Race by Lucy Jane Bledsoe The Pinballs by Betsy Byars Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis Yolanda's Genius by Carol Fenner
"Last Touch" by Donald H. Graves Just Juice by Karen Hesse Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
"The Wall" by Langston Hughes Cold and Hot Winter by Joanna Hurwitz The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura E. Williams