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Engaging With Literature: A Workshop for Teachers, Grades 3-5

About This Workshop

Asking Questions: An Interactive Guide
1. Foundations

Introduction »

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

Site Map

Workshop 1. Foundations

Additional Reading

Rich Thompson conferences with his students.
This non-profit site collects booklists, authors, reviews, and "must reads." The children's literature section of the site features a wide variety of links and author lists.

Newbery Medal Homepage
This site lists all the Newbery winners and authors as well as providing information about the selection process.

Professional Journals About Literature Instruction:

CELA Newsletter
The National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement, State University of New York, Albany, publishes a newsletter in the fall, winter, and spring. The newsletter addresses a wide range of issues concerning literacy.

The National Council of Teachers of English
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) publishes many subscription journals including Language Arts for the elementary school level. Many issues are available online to members.

Texts mentioned by teachers or students in this workshop program:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
The Jacket by Andrew Clements
I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Margaret Davidson
One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
My Side of the Mountain by Jim Dodson
Yolanda's Genius by Carol Fenner
"First Baseball Glove" by Donald H. Graves in Baseball, Snakes, and Summer Squash
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers
Rascal by Sterling North
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
War With Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith
Abel's Island by William Steig

Authors mentioned in this program include:

Laurie Williams
C. S. Lewis
Mary Elfin

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