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Conversations in Literature
Conversations in Literature — Workshop

Individual Program

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

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Homework Assignment

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Homework Assignment

Journal: Reflect upon your own classroom and instructional practices. What elements of your classroom community are already supporting the envisionment-building process? What else can you do to create an envisionment-building literary community?

Reading: In preparation for Workshop 3, you may want to read the poem "The Lifeguard" by James Dickey and the short story "First Confession" by Frank O'Connor. Literature selections can be found in Literature: An Introduction To Reading and Writing, 5th edition, Edgar V. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs, ©1998, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-010076-5.

You may want to consult the following online resources for more information:

Poem: "The Lifeguard" by James Dickey
Short Story: "First Confession" by Frank O'Connor Within the workshop session, you will be reading the Langston Hughes poem "Let America Be America Again," which can be found in the anthology Literature: An Introduction To Reading and Writing, 5th edition, Edgar V. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs, © 1998, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-010076-5.

For online resources related to Langston Hughes and his poetry visit:

If you have not alreadydone so, you may also want to read Chapter 2, "Building Envisionments," pages 9-16 in Envisioning Literature by Dr. Judith Langer. (Envisioning Literature by Dr. Judith Langer, from the Teachers College Press, Columbia University, 1995. ISBN 0-8077-3464-0.) This excerpt explains the process of building envisionments and gives an overview of the stance Being Out and Stepping In.

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