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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

5. Using Art and Other Disciplines To Enrich Classroom Conversations

Introduction »

Key Points »

Learning Objectives »

Background Reading »

Homework »

Classroom Connection

Teacher Reflection »

Ongoing Activity »

Additional Reading »

6. Beginning the Year

7. Many Students: Many Voices and Abilities

8. Reacting to Students' Work

9. The Professional Teacher

Site Map

Workshop 5. Using Art and Other Disciplines to Enrich Classroom Conversations

Classroom Connection

Small groups discuss literature, often reporting their consensus ideas back to the whole class.
Student Activities

Try these activities with your students.
  • Give your students copies of the "Thinkmark (PDF)" to record their "reader thoughts" as they prepare for discussion about their reading.

  • Pause during a read-aloud after an emotional moment and ask students to spend several moments writing from the point of view of one of the characters. Use their writing as the basis for discussion.

  • Alternately, choose a selection of dialogue from a group text, reproduce copies for everyone, and ask students in small groups to practice reading the dialogue dramatically. Have some students share with the class as a whole.

  • Experiment with some of the ideas for reader response from Alternate Response Modes: Some Suggestions (PDF).

  • Dr. Karen Smith has offered some tips for other ways of using drama in the classroom (PDF) that she has found to be very successful.

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