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Conversations in Literature
Conversations in Literature — Workshop
About CONVERSATIONS IN LITERATURE

Individual Program
Descriptions

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
Classroom





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[Teacher-talklitconversations] Conversations in Literature Session 1

From: Carol Payton <cpayton01_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:51:22 -0800 (PST)
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I echo the previous postings in several ways. I, too, wonder, how to instill a passion for reading in my students. If they find the material difficult it is a turn off. If the material is irrelevant it is a turn off. Sometimes I share with students that I want to learn about something completely outside my realm of knowledge. I once had a friend who was moving to Ethiopia and I wondered what life is like there. Another time, I made good friends with a physicist and wondered what she did for a living. Another example is when I wanted to learn about reading the night sky and learn the constellations, but didn't know where to begin. In these instances, I did not hesitate to go to the children's section of the library and check out the most basic book on the subject. After reading it, usually sitting in the aisles, I would graduate things up to a higher level book, typically one with less pictures and more words. I would do this sort of getting a basic
 background for understanding until finding a couple books that would meet my needs for further exploration at home. Today, this is called finding my lexile. I can explain to students that because of the specific jargon or specialized language of a new subject, that my reading level in some subjects is quite low. I think it is important to be honest and model how we struggle with literacy issues. If I have a boring book to read for a book club I might have to read it aloud to stay awake and focus. I wouldn't hesitate to share this with a student, but would also share my successes that resulted from my persistence and use of strategies. Talking about struggles and strategies is important, but is nothing without shared successes.
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