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Conversations in Literature
Conversations in Literature — Workshop

Individual Program

1. Responding
as Readers

2. Envisioning

3. Stepping In

4. Moving Through

5. Rethinking

6. Objectifying
the Text

7. The Stances
in Action

8. Returning to the

Support Materials

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Stepping In


Key Points

Learning Objectives

Background Reading

Homework Assignment

Classroom Connection

Ongoing Activity
Additional Reading

Extension: Classroom Connection

You may want to try this activity back in the classroom.

  • In the video program, you saw the modeling of a think aloud, where readers verbalize their internal thoughts as they approach a text and begin the envisionment-building process. Consider conducting a think aloud with your own students. Start by modeling the process for the students, and then allow them to try it on their own in small discussion groups. See Activity Three from Workshop 2's Classroom Connection for more information. Use the Activity Sheet: Think Aloud Teacher Resource [click here for a PDF version], the Sample Think Aloud Response to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" [click here for a PDF version], and the Activity Sheet: Student Think Aloud [click here for a PDF version] from Workshop 2 to assist you in this activity.

  • After the think aloud experience, ask the students to make a list of items to think about when approaching a piece of literature for the first time and for the beginning of a reading experience. What kinds of questions can they ask themselves before they begin to read a text and as they read? Post this list of ideas where all students can refer to it easily.

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