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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

Additional Reading

Students share some initial thoughts about the text they are reading. A to Z Teacher Stuff
The "Back to School" theme offers a number of resources for teachers beginning a school year. Additionally, search for "Back to School" to locate other materials.

Education World
Among its huge number of resources for teachers are many getting started activities. Search for "Back to School."

ABC Teach
Search for "Back to School" to find activities and suggestions for the beginning of the year.

Teaching is a Work of Heart
A number of resources including suggestions for back to school days at http://teachingheart.net/backtolinks.html.

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, grouped by age.

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 & 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:

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Stealing Home: The Story of Jackie Robinson by Barry Denenberg
The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy
The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph
The Ordinary Princess by M. Kaye
Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret and Denise Shanahan
You Are Special by Max Lucado
Elf Quest by Wendy Pini
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Authors mentioned in this program include:
Sharon Creech
Walter D. Myers
Gary Paulson

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