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.
Texts mentioned by teachers or students in this workshop program:
Sounder by William Howard Armstrong The Big Bike Race by Lucy Jane Bledsoe Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
"Last Touch" by Donald H. Graves The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph Drawing Lessons by Tracy Mack A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura E. Williams Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff