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Engaging With Literature: A Workshop for Teachers, Grades 3-5
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Asking Questions: An Interactive Guide
1. Foundations

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Key Points »

Learning Objectives »

Background Reading »

Homework »

Classroom Connection

Teacher Reflection »

Ongoing Activity »

Additional Reading »


2. Looking at Literature

3. Starting Classroom Conversations

4. Classroom Dialogues

5. Using Art and Other Disciplines To Enrich Classroom Conversations

6. Beginning the Year

7. Many Students: Many Voices and Abilities

8. Reacting to Students' Work

9. The Professional Teacher

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Workshop 1. Foundations

Katherine Bomer's student gains new understandings in a personal reading conference.Classroom Connection

Student Activities

Try these activities with your students.
  • Read-alouds. Choose a book that you think your students would enjoy, but that may be too difficult for them to read independently. Establish a regular time for reading and discussion. (Many teachers like to do this first thing in the morning or right after lunch as a way of easing the transition back to the classroom.)

  • Think-alouds. Model this by choosing a book you haven't read. Read some aloud, pausing to share your thinking with your students as you go. Pose questions, make connections, posit predictions. Demonstrate the ways you make meaning when reading literature. When you finish, ask students to discuss what they noticed your doing. (You may wish to record their observations on chart paper to post.)

  • Use literature to support instruction in another subject area such as math, science, or social studies. Ask your librarian to help you find appropriate titles.


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