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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

4. Classroom Dialogues

Introduction »

Key Points »

Learning Objectives »

Background Reading »


Classroom Connection »

Teacher Reflection »

Ongoing Activity »

Additional Reading »

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

Site Map

Workshop 4. Classroom Dialogues


BJ Namba works with one of her students in Honolulu, Hawaii. Journal:
Respond to the following in your journal:
What is your biggest anxiety regarding the implementation of real and substantive conversations in your classroom? What are some things you might do to ease that anxiety?
What has been your biggest difficulty with student-directed conversations in your classroom? How did you address that difficulty, or what strategies might you try now that you have watched this video?
In preparation for Workshop 5, read "Literature Across the Curriculum" in Dr. Judith Langer's Envisioning Literature from the Teachers College Press, 1995.

For additional resources, refer to the Additional Reading section of this workshop's materials.

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