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Engaging With Literature: A Video Library, Grades 3-5
Engaging With Literature

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Video Titles:

1. Signposts

2. Voices in the Conversation

3. Starting Out

4. Responding
to Literature

5. Sharing the Text

6. Building Community

7. Book Buddies

8. Finding
Common Ground

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8. Finding Common Ground

Classroom Snapshot

School: Fair Oaks Elementary School
Location: Marietta, Georgia
No. of Students in School: 612
Teacher: Bileni Teklu
No. of Years Teaching: 3
Grade: 5th Grade
Subject: Language Arts
No. of Students in the Classroom: 23

Fair Oaks Elementary School is a Title I school serving a population that has trouble succeeding in the educational system without significant help. A majority of the parents are migratory workers with limited economic means. As a result, the school has a 60% transiency rate. Spanish is the first language for many of the students, and Fair Oaks has a strong ESOL program to support their learning. However, few students are literate in their first language, making developing strong literacy skills in English additionally difficult.

Aware of these complexities, the faculty and staff work together to help their students recognize the value learning can have for them while providing comfortable structures within which they can succeed.


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