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

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

Site Map

Workshop 2. Looking at Literature

Additional Reading

Camera crews followed students throughout the day as they read, talked, and wrote about books. American Library Association's Great Sites
Booklists and an excellent list of screened Web sites provide a helpful starting place for teacher inquiry into children's literature.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
This site offers reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.

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

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.

PBS TeacherSource
This site offers lists of recommended books as well as lesson plans and activities for teachers.

Sites Directly Related to This Workshop Discussion:

Melba Pattillo's story of The Little Rock Nine
This Web site tells the story of the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1955.

Mem Fox
Author Mem Fox's site offers information about the author and her books as well as audio readings of selected texts by the author.

Patricia Polacco
In addition to offering information about the author and her books, this site has a section for teachers interested in using her books in the classroom.

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
NCTE publishes many subscription journals including Language Arts for the elementary school level. Many are available on-line to members.

The International Reading Association
The Reading Teacher from the International Reading Association typically includes excellent articles about literature instruction as well as regular reviews of new children's literature titles.

Texts mentioned by teachers in this workshop program:

Sounder by William Howard Armstrong
The Big Bike Race by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Grossology: The Science of Really Gross Things by Sylvia Branzei
The Wall by Eve Bunting
"Get Help Now" in Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul, edited by Jack Canfield et al.
Ramona Quimby by Beverly Cleary
The Jacket by Andrew Clements
Counting on Frank by Rod Clements
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
The Half A Moon Inn by Paul Fleischman
The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Floranoy
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Just Juice by Karen Hesse
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
The Color of Words by Lynn Joseph
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
Hatchet by Gary Paulson
Nightjohn by Gary Paulson
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
"A Good Cry" and "Things" in Hey You! C'Mere: A Poetry Slam by Elizabeth Swados
Blitz Cat by Robert Westall
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura E. Williams
Crow Boy by Taro Yashima
Child of the Owl by Laurence Yep
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Series books mentioned by teachers in this workshop program:

The Tribes of Redwall series by Brian Jacques
The Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Magic Schoolbus series by Ann Schreiber
The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine

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