- The four principles of an envisionment-building classroom are:
- All students are lifelong envisionment builders. Their background and experience helps them bring some knowledge to the text.
- Questions are at the heart of the literary experience. Students are encouraged to ask questions to deepen their understandings.
- Multiple perspectives also enrich a student's understanding. Many points of view are encouraged.
- Class is a time to develop deeper understandings about literature. It's assumed that students will leave class with a more sophisticated understanding about what they've read than they had when they arrived.
- Providing reading time in the classroom is important for many children.
- Many students need to be taught the strategies and behaviors for a good conversation about literature.
- Regular read-alouds are important in the development of students' appreciation of literature.
- Envisionment-building teachers seek to help students love literature and make it an important part of their lives-in school and out.
- Students can make personal connections with literary texts as well as use them to learn about worlds and experiences very different from their own.
- Talking about literature helps students enjoy and appreciate it more fully.
- Many envisionment-building teachers find ways to use literature when teaching subjects other than English/ Language Arts.
- Students may need help learning ways to reflect on their reading and make connections with their own lives.
- Some students need help learning to make mental images from their reading.
- Often teachers can use their own experiences as readers as a guide when designing ways to help their students become more effective readers.
- Think-alouds model strategies for making meaning and allow students to integrate them into their own repertoires.
- Effective readers often begin with a plan, a purpose, or a goal before they start to read.
- Learning to choose the right book is an important aspect of being an effective reader.
- Effective readers like to discuss their literary experiences with others.
- Students in envisionment-building classrooms feel comfortable and trust that their views will be respectfully received.
- Teachers in envisionment-building classrooms recognize the importance of giving students choices about what they read.
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