Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Making Meaning in Literature Grades 6-8
Conversations in Literature — Workshop

About Making Meaning in Literature: A Workshop for Teachers, Grades 6-8

Individual Workshop Descriptions

1. Introducing our Literary Community
2. Encouraging Discussion
3. Going Further in Discussion
4. Diversity in Texts
5. Student Diversity
6. Literature, Art, and Other Disciplines
7. Assessment
8. Planning and Professional Development
9. Starting in September...

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Interrelationships Between Literature and Other Arts and Disciplines


Key Points

Learning Objectives

Background Reading

Homework Assignment

Classroom Connection
Ongoing Activity

Additional Reading

Additional Reading

YALSA Booklists
This site is a list of awards and the winning titles of each, including the Alex Awards, Best Books for Young Adults, and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, to name a few. This site is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

The Literary Link
This site offers a search engine that is helpful in researching information about young adult literature.

This non-profit site collects booklists, authors, reviews, and "must reads." The young adult section of the site features a wide variety of links and author lists.

Newbery Medal Homepage

Middle Web
Middle Web is a well-rounded resource for all middle school educators. The Language Arts portion of the site is a carefully selected listing of resources and links related to instruction and literature.

Creative Drama and Theater Education Resource Site
This site for teachers offers suggestions for ways to integrate drama into the classroom.

Creative Dramatics in the Language Arts Classroom, ERIC Digest 7
This site provides a survey of ways to integrate drama into the classroom coupled with rationales for doing so.

The Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
This site lists winners of this award since it was established in 1984, providing teachers with a useful list of literary titles for possible inclusion in history or social studies units.

The Jefferson Cup
This site lists winners of the Jefferson Cup, an award that honors distinguished biographies, historical fiction or American history books for young people. The Virginia Library Association's Children's and Young Adult Round Table has presented the award annually since 1983.

A to Z Teacher stuff
Search this site for "Art and Literature," "Music and Literature," or "Science and Literature" to discover a wealth of specific ideas for integrating literary study across the curriculum.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site: Themes and Other Subjects
This segment of Carol Hurst's Literature Site specifically addresses ways to integrate literature into other curricular areas. Sections on Appalachia, the Civil War, Colonial America, the Great Depression, and Books in the Math Program are among the many that may be of interest to viewers of this program.

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 Journals
NCTE publishes many subscription journals, including The English Journal, high school level, Voices From the Middle, middle school level, and Language Arts,elementary and middle school levels.

Texts mentioned by teachers in this workshop program:

Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
Thunder Cave by Roland Smith
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
Night by Elie Wiesel



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