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Making Meaning in Literature Grades 6-8
Conversations in Literature — Workshop

About Making Meaning in Literature: A Video Library, Grades 6-8

Individual Clip Descriptions

1. Introducing the Envisionment-Building Classroom
2. Building a Literary Community
3. Asking Questions
4. Facilitating Discussion
5. Seminar Discussion
6. Dramatic Tableaux
7. Readers as Individuals
8. The Teacher’s Role in a Literary Community
9. Whole Group Discussions

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Additional Resources

Online resources related to the texts used in Barry Hoonan's classroom:

Professional and Research Organizations:

Resources related to the tenets of this lesson:

Instructional Resources:

  • MiddleWeb
    MiddleWeb is a Web site devoted to middle school education and includes resources for middle school teachers and parents. A comprehensive index allows teachers and parents to search for useful documents and resources by topic.

  • CyberGuides: Teacher Guides and Student Activities
    CyberGuides are supplementary lesson plans centered on core works of literature. Each CyberGuide contains a student and teacher edition, standards, a task and a process by which it may be completed, teacher-selected Web sites and a rubric (based on California Language Arts Content Standards).

  • The Doucette Index
    The Doucette Index provides access to books and Web sites that contain useful teaching suggestions related to books for children and young adults, and the creators of those books. The searchable database enables teachers to search by author and/or title of the book, leading to lesson plans and curriculum ideas.

  • The Gateway to Educational Materials
    The Gateway to Educational Materials, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, is a searchable index that provides teachers, parents, and administrators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. These resources include lesson plans, activities, and projects. The index can be browsed by keyword, subject, book title, and/or grade level.

  • 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.

  • Traci's Lists of Ten
    This Web site offers teachers useful tips including ways to have students explore literature.

  • Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
    A comprehensive site devoted to literature, with reviews of new books, lists of award winners, and a great assortment of resources for classroom techniques and professional development.


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