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

About This Video Library

Lesson Builder

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Video Titles:

1. Signposts

2. Voices in the Conversation

3. Starting Out
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Support Materials»
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Professional Reflection
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4. Responding
to Literature

5. Sharing the Text

6. Building Community

7. Book Buddies

8. Finding
Common Ground

9. Discussion

Site Map

3. Starting Out

Professional Reflection

Take a step back from your classroom and examine the video clip in relation to your own instructional practices. Use the questions below to spark discussion about instructional practices in department meetings, team meetings, or as a prompt in your own professional journal.

  • When you introduce a new literary form or concept, what kinds of support do you find useful to provide students as they are getting started?
  • How do your students respond to poetry? If they are not comfortable with it, what are some activities that you might plan to help them learn to understand and enjoy it, both as individual poems and as a literary form?
  • Have you had difficult moments when working with poetry? What caused them? What did you do to meet the challenge?
  • What have been some of your most successful and/or pleasurable moments with poetry-either as an individual or as a teacher? What made them that way? How have you tried to replicate the experience for your students?

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