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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

3. Starting Classroom Conversations

Introduction »

Key Points »

Learning Objectives »

Background Reading »

Homework »

Classroom Connection »

Teacher Reflection »

Ongoing Activity »

Additional Reading

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 3. Starting Classroom Conversations

Additional Reading

An envisionment-building classroom celebrates students as active readers. Ask ERIC
This educational database provides access to thousands of helpful resources for teachers. A search for "classroom discussion" identifies a number of articles useful for teachers interested in improving their students' discussion skills.

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.

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 or students in this workshop program:

Sounder by William Howard Armstrong
The Big Bike Race by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
The Pinballs by Betsy Byars
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
Yolanda's Genius by Carol Fenner
"Last Touch" by Donald H. Graves
Just Juice by Karen Hesse
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
"The Wall" by Langston Hughes
Cold and Hot Winter by Joanna Hurwitz
The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph
A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura E. Williams

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