||About This Workshop
About the Teachers Who Appear in This Workshop
The following teachers appear in this workshop to share their experiences. To learn more about them, read their professional biographies (PDF) in the introduction of the Engaging With Literature: A Workshop for Teachers, Grades 3-5 guide.
- Katherine Bomer is an author and teacher, currently teaching in Austin, Texas. Ms. Bomer was teaching at Pleasant Hill Elementary when she participated in the workshop. More than 80% of the 510 students there are of Latin American or Mexican decent. About 70% of the students are classified by Texas as "economically disadvantaged," and more than 83% of the student body qualifies for free lunches.
The Art of Teaching Writing (2nd
ed.) by Lucy McCormick Calkins.
The Art of Teaching Reading by
Lucy McCormick Calkins. Heinemann
Meaning: Crafting Literate Lives in Middle and High
School by Randy Bomer. Heinemann.
the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts, and
Social Change by Maxine Greene.
Subtractive Schooling: U.S. Mexican Youth
and the Politics of Caring by Angela Venezuela.
State University of New York
Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers by Kathy
Gnagey Short, Jerome C. Harste, Carolyn L. Burke.
Pedagogy of Hope: Reliving Pedagogy
of the Oppressed by Paolo Friere, translated by
Robert R. Barr. Continuum Publishing
Favorite Chapter Books:
. . These were very powerful in my classroom last
The Color of My Words by Lynn
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a
Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez.
ever written by Sharon Creech.
Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.
Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul
- Jonathan Holden teaches fourth grade in the
Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. The urban
school where Mr. Holden currently teaches, Nathan Hale
Elementary, has 199 students, most of who are African
American, Hispanic, and Asian.
- Barry Hoonan works with the 5/6 cluster at
Odyssey School on Bainbridge Island, Washington, teaching
all subjects, but especially concerned with literature and
writing, his two passions. Odyssey, with 121 students, is an
alternative public school where families promise to
volunteer between five and ten hours a month at the school.
Creating Classrooms for Authors and
Inquirers by Kathy Gnagey Short, Jerome C. Harste,
Carolyn L. Burke. Heinemann.
"You Gotta BE the
Book" Teaching Engaged and Reflective Reading With
Adolescents by Jeffrey D. Wilhelm. Teachers
Literature Circles and
Response by Bonnie Campbell Hill (Editor), Nancy
J. Johnson (Editor), Katherine l Noe, Katherine L. Schlick Noe
Crow and Hawk: A Traditional Pueblo
Indian Story retold by Michael Rosen, illustrated
by John Clementson
Baseball Saved Us by Ken
Mochizuki, illustrated by Dom Lee
by Jane Yolen, illustrated by David Shannon
Away Home by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ronald
Smoky Night by Eve Bunting,
illustrated by David Diaz
John Henry by
Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
Skellig by David
Thunder Cave by Roland
Crash by Jerry Spinelli
Book in the Universe by Rodman
Cages by Peg Kehret
- BJ Namba teaches third grade students at
Honolulu's prestigious Punahou School. The 3,700 students there
reflect Hawai`i's rainbow of ethnicities and cultural and
Crow Boy by Taro
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen
The Table Where Rich People Sit by
Amos and Boris by William
The Bracelet by Yoshiko
Pink and Say by Patricia
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia
The Wednesday Surprise by Eve
Heroes by Ken
Westlandia by Paul
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge
by Mem Fox
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor
Favorite Books for Literature
Maniac Magee by Jerry
The Great Gilly Hopkins by
The Pinballs by Betsy
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine
Because of Winn-Dixie by Katie
The War With Grandpa by Robert
Just Juice by Karen
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine
Call It Courage by Armstrong
Sun and Spoon by Kevin
Professional Books for Literature
Creating Classrooms for
Authors and Inquirers by Kathy G. Short and Jerome
Getting Started with Literature
Circles by Katherine L. Schlick Noe and Nancy J.
Grand Conversations: Literature Groups
in Action by Ralph Peterson and Maryann
Conversations: Strategies for Teaching,
Learning, and Evaluating by Regie
Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in
Book Clubs and Reading Groups by Harvey
- Tim O'Keefe is a teacher of the 2/3 cluster at
the Center for Inquiry in Columbia, South
Carolina - a school he helped co-found. The Center for
Inquiry's 132 students are drawn from the Columbia area and
enter the school through an application and lottery process.
- Latosha Rowley, in her second career, taught the
fourth-fifth cluster at the Indianapolis Center for Inquiry
during our video visit. The Center for Inquiry, founded by Jerry
Harste, is a language arts magnet school. It draws its
nearly 300 students from throughout the city.
- Bileni Teklu teaches fifth grade at Fair Oaks
Elementary in Marietta, Georgia. Almost 78% of the 582
students who attend Fair Oaks are eligible for the free
lunch program. The school population is highly transient:
typically, nearly 60% of the student population change
schools or classes in any given year.
- Rich Thompson teaches Grade 4 at Canyon
Elementary School in Hungry Horse, Montana. The school
serves a remote valley community about 10 miles from Glacier
National Park, from which it draws 150+ students each year.