Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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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


Key Points

Learning Objectives

Background Reading


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

Additional Reading

In the envisionment-building classroom, all students are encouraged to express their own thoughts on a text. Overbooked
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.

Texts mentioned by teachers or students in this workshop program:

Sounder by William Howard Armstrong
Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
The Jacket by Andrew Clements
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
Yolanda's Genius by Carol Fenner
Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story About Sojourner Truth by Jeri Ferris
The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake
Poetry Matters by Ralph Fletcher
"First Baseball Glove" in Baseball, Snakes, and Summer Squash by Donald H. Graves
The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph
Cages by Peg Kehret
Drawing Lessons by Tracy Mack
The Grand Escape by Phillis Reynolds Naylor
A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Hey You! C'Mere: A Poetry Slam by Elizabeth Swados

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