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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

7. Many Students: Many Voices and Abilities

8. Reacting to Students' Work

9. The Professional Teacher

Introduction »

Key Points »

Learning Objectives »

Background Reading »

Homework »

Classroom Connection »

Teacher Reflection »

Ongoing Activity »

Additional Reading

Site Map

Workshop 9. The Professional Teacher

Additional Reading

Rich Thompson works individually with students to chart their progress. 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, 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 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.

The International Reading Association
This site offers links to local affiliates, information about meetings and events, access to an online bookstore, news about literacy developments, research, and online publications.

Reading Online
This Web site is an online journal of K-12 practice and research published by the International Reading Association. It includes helpful links to book reviews, peer-reviewed articles, discussions about literacy, and ideas and information about applying technology in literacy instruction.

The National Writing Project
In addition to providing access to NWP subscriptions and publications, the National Writing Project site links to affiliates, and offers online training as well as information about setting up and maintaining writing project sites nationwide.

The National Staff Development Council
The National Staff Development Council is a non-profit organization devoted to providing effective, high-quality training programs with intensive follow-up and support, but also other growth-promoting processes such as study groups, action research, and peer coaching.

Authors mentioned by teachers or portrayed in this workshop program and a selection of their publications include:

Nancie Atwell
    In the Middle: New Understandings About Writing, Reading, and Learning
    Crispin: the Cross of Lead
    The Fighting Ground
    True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
    SOR Losers
    The Good Dog
T.A. Barron
    The Lost Years of Merlin series
    The Merlin Effect
    The Ancient One
    Tree Girl
Stephanie Harvey
    Nonfiction Matters: Reading, Writing and Research in Grades 3-8
Naomi Shibab Nye
    Come With Me: Poems for a Journey
    Never in a Hurry: Essays on People and Places
    19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East
    Red Suitcase: Poems
    Sitti's Secrets
    The Words Under the Words: Selected Poems
    This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World
Kathy Gnagey Short
    Literature as a Way of Knowing
Texts mentioned by teachers or students in this workshop program:

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake
The Half-a-Moon Inn by Paul Fleischman
"The Wall" by Langston Hughes
Grand Conversations (Grades 2-6) by Ralph Peterson
Book Talk and Beyond: Children and Teachers Respond to Literature by Nancy L. Roser and Miriam G. Martinez, eds.

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