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

About This Video Library

Lesson Builder

Hints for Site Leaders
Video Titles:

1. Signposts

2. Voices in the Conversation

3. Starting Out
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Support Materials»
Classroom Snapshot »
Classroom Lesson Plan »
Professional Reflection »
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Additional Resources

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

Additional Resources

Online resources related to the texts used in Jonathan Holden's classroom:

Robert Pinsky started this project during his time as poet laureate of the United States. The project is dedicated to celebrating poetry's role in Americans lives. Teachers' materials include lesson plans for all grade levels as well as cross disciplinary activities built on poetry.

Modern American Poetry
This site holds an extensive list of materials related to 161 modern American poets such as Robert Bly, Sherman Alexie, Lucille Clifton, Sandra Cisneros, T.S. Eliot, and more. Access to online works, biographies, and literary criticism for each poet can be accessed here.

The Electronic Poetry Library
In addition to biographical information about and individual poems from a collection of modern American poets, this site also provides access to sound files of poets reading their own poems and talking about their work.

The Academy of American Poets
A rich online library on poetry is available at this web site. It includes audio files of readings by authors, links to online texts, and a search feature that access complete poetry texts. Free registration allows you to enable a notebook feature to save texts and sound recordings to a personal file. Links to teacher information bring you to a site rich in materials, but they are generally designed for high school students.

Additional resources related to the tenets of this series:

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
This site provides lists of children's books and ideas of ways to use them in the classroom as well as activities and topics of professional interest. A search for "poetry" locates a number of additional useful links.

Children's Book Council
The Children's Book Council is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books.

Children's Literature
This site provides a wealth of reviews designed to help teachers, librarians, childcare providers, and parents make appropriate literary choices for children.

Children's Literature Web Guide
This Web site categorizes the growing number of Internet resources related to books for children and young adults. Much of the information found on this Web site is provided by schools, libraries, teachers, parents, and book professionals (such as authors, editors, and booksellers). It includes quick references to lists of award-winning and bestseller children's books, teaching resources, links to parent resources, and journal and book reviews.

deGrummond's Children's Literature Collection
From the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, the deGrummond Children's Literature Collection is one of North America's leading research centers in the field of children's literature. Although the Collection has many strengths, the main focus is on American and British children's literature, historical and contemporary. Their What's New section details upcoming exhibits, many of which are available online.

KidSpace @ The Internet Public Library
The Reading Zone at KidSpace provides a number of online texts for children, including works in French and Spanish. A number of the links provide activities connected to the literature as well.

Articles related to effective literature instruction from the National Research Center on English Learning & Achievement:

"Classroom Discussion: Teachers' Perspectives on Obstacles and Strategies" by Samantha Caughlan

"Engaging Students in Meaningful Conversation Leads to Higher Achievement" by Arthur Applebee

"How Classroom Conversation Can Support Student Achievement"

"Supporting the Process of Literary Understanding: Analysis of a Classroom Discussion" by Doralyn R. Roberts and Judith A. Langer

"What Do We Know About Effective Fourth-Grade Teachers and Their Classrooms?" by Richard L. Allington and Peter H. Johnson

Professional Organizations

American Educational Research Association
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
International Reading Association
National Council of Teachers of English
National Writing Project


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