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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

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Whether you are a classroom or preservice teacher, teacher educator, content leader, department chair, or administrator, the materials below can assist you in implementing the practices presented in the video clip.

Assessment and Evaluation: Some Useful Principles
The terms assessment and evaluation are often used as synonyms. Distinguishing between them can be helpful as you plan instruction. Assessment means looking at what students can do in order to determine what they need to learn to do next. That is, assessment, whether of individual students or an entire group, is done in order to inform instruction. Typically assessment is holistic, often recorded simply as "credit" or "no credit."

Evaluation occurs after a concept or skill has been taught and practiced. This is typically a scaled response, indicating the level of achievement or degree of competence a student has attained.

Text Pairings
As you plan literature experiences for your students, consider offering text pairings. Some teachers like to introduce students to a number of books by the same author. Others try to find books with similarities in theme or content. Books that have received awards and appear to be developing into contemporary classics are also favored choices. No list of suggestions can be complete or can address every criterion. However, the following list of texts may help you choose titles to complement the ones used in this lesson plan:

For Martin Luther King by Ed Clayton
Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin
Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement by Zita Allen

For A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

For Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Phoenix Rising by Karen Hesse
The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse
A Time of Angels by Karen Hesse

For The Green Mile by Stephen King
Different Seasons by Stephen King
The Talisman by Stephen King
Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King

For The Chronicles of Narnia 7: The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
The other six books in the series, including:
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Prince Caspian
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Magician's Nephew

For The Story of Harriet Tubman, Conductor of the Underground Railroad by Kate McMullan
Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry
Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad by Pamela Duncan

For Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura E. Williams
Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Escape From Warsaw by Ian Serralier
North to Freedom by Ann Holm
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene


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