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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

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

Introduction »

Key Points »

Learning Objectives »

Background Reading »

Homework »

Classroom Connection »

Teacher Reflection »

Ongoing Activity »

Additional Reading

9. The Professional Teacher

Site Map

Workshop 8. Reacting to Students' Work

Additional Reading

Barry Hoonan's student group works with a graphic organizer to express and stratify their thoughts about a text. Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
In addition to an entire section on assessment and evaluation, this site offers lesson plans, teaching tools, discussion groups, and many other resources designed to help teachers.

Newbery Medal Homepage
This site lists all the Newbery winners and authors as well as providing information about the selection process.

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, grouped by age.

This Web site is created by teachers to provide support materials for teachers. It's "Assessment" section provides useful information for viewers of this video.

This site offers a number of resources for teachers, including information on assessment and rubrics.

Professional Journals About Literature Instruction:

CELA Newsletter
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
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
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph
You Are Special by Max Lucado
Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Dangerous Skies by Suzanne Fisher Staples
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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