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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

4. Classroom Dialogues

Introduction »

Key Points »

Learning Objectives

Background Reading »

Homework »

Classroom Connection »

Teacher Reflection »

Ongoing Activity »

Additional Reading »

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 4. Classroom Dialogues

Latosha Rowley confers with a small book group.Learning Objectives

After participating in this session, you will be able to:
  • Determine ways to make both large- and small-group discussions an important part of your literature instruction.
  • Develop ways to help your students become more effective in discussion groups.
  • When training students in effective discussion strategies, introduce one new strategy at a time, and remember Jonathan Holden's advice to use "baby steps" when first exposing students to classroom discussion.
  • Identify role(s) you feel comfortable in during group discussions.
  • Identify ways you might help your students become more independent in their discussions.
  • Be realistic about your initial expectations for implementing student-centered discussions in your class, and patient when doing so.

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