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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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Envisioning


Introduction

Key Points

Learning Objectives

Background Reading

Homework Assignment

Classroom Connection
Ongoing Activity

Additional Reading


Background Reading

In preparation for this workshop, read "Building Envisionments," "The Classroom as a Social Setting for Envisionment Building," and "A Practical Pedagogy" in Dr. Judith Langer's Envisioning Literature from the Teachers College Press, Columbia University. Copyright 1995. ISBN 0-8077-3464-0.

A compendium of resources and articles about Dr. Langer's research and the envisionment-building process can be accessed from the National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement. Use the Search link on the site, select the CELA Server search engine, and type in "envisionment building."

For more information about envisionment building, explore these resources to access articles and guides to fostering literary communities in your own classroom.

Also read the poem "Let America Be America Again" by Langston Hughes, which can be found in the anthology by Edgar E. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs, Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing, 5th edition. New Jersey: Prentice Hall. Copyright 1998. ISBN 0-13-010076-5 and online.

Online resources related to the poem "Let America Be America Again":

Online poem text from the Academy of American Poets

Biography of Langston Hughes and resources from the Academy of American Poets

Critical essay about the poem "Let America Be America Again" from the Modern American Poetry Web site

Teacher Resource File on Langston Hughes from Internet School Library Media Center

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