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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

6. Beginning the Year

Introduction »

Key Points »

Learning Objectives »

Background Reading »

Homework »

Classroom Connection

Teacher Reflection »

Ongoing Activity »

Additional Reading »

7. Many Students: Many Voices and Abilities

8. Reacting to Students' Work

9. The Professional Teacher

Site Map

Workshop 6. Beginning the Year

Classroom Connection

Student Activities

Try these activities with your students.
  • Use a camera to record moments when your students are engaged in the literate behaviors you hope to promote. Use those photos to support those behaviors with a display that says, "This is what silent reading looks like," or "This is what book discussions look like."
  • At the beginning of the year, help students create places where they can habitually collect their work like Rich Thompson's "Celebration Folders" or Jonathan Holden's "Book Lover Books" for recording observations and questions.
  • Post a list of books the class has read together during read-alouds during the year. Katherine Bomer has student illustrations of each title prominently displayed above the chalk board.
  • Ask students to bring in their favorite books from home to share. Sharing Favorite Reads (PDF) in the support materials of this workshop program offers some organizational ideas for this activity.
  • Organize a scavenger hunt to help students explore the classroom during the first days of school and learn what books and materials are available for their use. Use the Sample Scavenger Hunt (PDF) found in the support materials of this workshop program to help you develop a scavenger hunt for your students. (You may wish to create lists of different items for different groups.)

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