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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




Additional Reading

The National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement (CELA)
Directed by Dr. Judith Langer and Dr. Arthur Applebee, CELA is the only federally funded center committed to literacy research. All research is published on this site, including past studies, as well as reports about studies in process. By using the search link on the site, users can type in the words "envisionment building" and find a listing of articles and reports related to Dr. Langer's research. In addition to this, the quarterly professional newsletter is available online, which features discoveries and trends in the field of English and language arts.

Articles related to discussion in the classroom can be accessed in the research reports section of CELA's site. Look for the following article titles:

"Taking Risks, Negotiating Relationships: One Teacher's Transition Towards a Dialogic Classroom" by J. N. Christoph and M. Nystrand

"Developing Thinking Communities Through Talk: Two Case Studies From Science Classes" by J. Hellermann, K. Cole, and J. Zuengler

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
NCTE's Web site offers up-to-date information about professional conferences around the country. In addition to this, the site offers online chat forums, a catalog of current publications, and links related to English and language arts teaching.

MiddleWeb
This education reform-oriented site features new stories in the field, links of interest, online newsletters, and many resources related to each specific discipline.

Literature Circles Resource Center
This site features links to guidelines, teacher forums, publications, and sample book lists.

The Internet Public Library
Visit the Teen and Youth sections of this site to find booklists, interesting links, interviews with authors, and more.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
This site is packed full of booklists, reviews, professional topics, and even includes a newsletter.

Online texts and resources related to Edgar Allan Poe and "The Fall of the House of Usher" discussed in the Going Further portion of this workshop's activities:

Online versions of the text may be found at the following:
http://www.bartleby.com/
http://www.gutenberg.net/
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/

Information about Poe:
The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore

A Biography of Poe at The Academy of American Poets

Poe resources provided by The Gale Group

Texts mentioned by teachers in this workshop program:

Novels:
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Necessary Roughness by Marie G. Lee
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Dangerous Skies by Suzanne Fisher Staples

Short Stories:
"Passing" by Langston Hughes
"Guests in the Promised Land" by Kristin Hunter

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