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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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Key Points

Learning Objectives

Background Reading

Homework Assignment

Classroom Connection
Ongoing Activity

Additional Reading

Additional Reading

Professional Organizations

YALSA Booklists
This site is a collection of winning titles booklists, including the Alex Awards, Best Books for Young Adults, and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, to name a few. This site is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). To access the booklists, click on "Winning Titles" in the YALSA navigation bar.

The Literary Link
This site offers a search engine that is helpful in researching information about young adult literature.

Newbery Medal Homepage

This education reform oriented site features new stories in the field, links of interest, online newsletters, and many resources related to each specific discipline. Find them by clicking on the "curriculum and instruction resources."

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.

Professional Journals About Literature Instruction

CELA Newsletter:
The National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement, State University of New York, Albany, publishes a newsletter in the fall, winter, and spring. The newsletter addresses a wide range of issues concerning literacy.

The National Council of Teachers of English Journals:
NCTE publishes many subscription journals, including The English Journal, high school level, Voices From the Middle, middle school level, and Language Arts, elementary and middle school levels.

Some literature titles referred to by the teachers in this workshop include:

Contemporary Novels:
Year of the Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi
The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper
The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake
Fig Pudding by Robert Fletcher
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Gaucho by Gloria Gonzalez
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt
The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
Heaven by Angela Johnson
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Slam by Walter D. Myers
Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter D. Myers
Freak the Mighty by Philbrick Rodman
The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
Crash by Jerry Spinelli
Dangerous Skies by Suzanne Fisher Staples

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Short Stories:
The Day It Snowed Tortillas: Tales from Spanish New Mexico by Joe Hayes
"Guests in the Promised Land" by Kristin Hunter
Couple of Kooks and Other Stories by Cynthia Rylant

"Dreams" by Langston Hughes
A Fire in My Hands by Gary Soto

Authors mentioned in the workshop by teachers and students:
Maya Angelou
Katherine A. Applegate
Judy Blume
Beverly Cleary
Robert Cormier
Christopher Paul Curtis
Roald Dahl
Emily Dickinson
Sharon Draper
Lois Duncan
Robert Frost
Karen Hesse
S. E. Hinton
Kimberly Willis Holt
Robert Jordan
Walter D. Myers
Gary Paulsen
Edgar Allan Poe
William Shakespeare
Gary Soto
Theodore Taylor
Mark Twain
Laura Ingalls Wilder



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