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

Asking Questions: An Interactive Guide
1. Foundations

2. Looking at Literature

Introduction

Key Points »

Learning Objectives »

Background Reading »

Homework »

Classroom Connection »

Teacher Reflection »

Ongoing Activity »

Additional Reading »

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 2. Looking at Literature

Introduction

Bileni Teklu
"Literature to me has always meant a gateway into a world that has been created by people who have thought deeply about many different issues. It has meant a chance to explore issues...and to try to understand how I can become a better person."

-Bileni Teklu, 5th-Grade Teacher,
Fair Oaks School,
Marietta, Georgia

Language arts teachers are often those who initially came to the profession because of their own deeply felt love of literature. Novice or maestro, they typically enter their classrooms seeking to transfer that passion to their students.

In this workshop you will listen to eight such teachers, passionate about literature and about conveying that passion to their students. They share their understandings of the deep human and social values literature offers them and their students. They discuss how they choose books to tempt reluctant readers or find ways to fill their classroom shelves with books to appeal to all their students. They discuss the importance of story and suggest ways they use picture books and basal readers in their literature programs.

They recognize that their task is not always easy. Class demographics, mandated curricula, and entrenched pedagogical cultures can present even the most energetic and well meaning professional with seemingly insurmountable challenges. Still, the mission is intrinsically worthy, and the challenges can be met—as evidenced by the many passionate voices of their students.

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