Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Engaging With Literature: A Video Library, Grades 3-5
Engaging With Literature

About This Video Library

Video Main Page

Support Materials

Lesson Builder

Hints for Site Leaders
Video Titles:

1. Signposts

2. Voices in the Conversation

3. Starting Out

4. Responding
to Literature

5. Sharing the Text

6. Building Community

7. Book Buddies

8. Finding
Common Ground

9. Discussion
Site Map

Engaging With Literature

Hints for Site Leaders

If you are planning a professional development opportunity for your group, you can use the checklist below to help you make these seminars as useful as possible for the participants.

  • Contact the people you would like to attend the workshop, offering several alternate dates for your meeting. Try not to pick dates that coincide with other activities or vacation days.
  • Think about what you hope to accomplish with the group. For example, are you interested in having them see another classroom to look for new ways to approach literature, or for classroom management techniques, or text selection? Try to make a mission statement to share with the group during your first meeting.
  • Review the materials in the guide related to each clip and select the clips your group will view. Plan a logical order for presenting the clips you have selected. Try to keep in mind the group's main interests in doing so.
  • Find and secure a place for your meeting. The location should be easily accessible to the group, with adequate seating and appropriate outlets for a VCR and monitor.
  • Notify group members of the meeting time and place. Establish a system for notifying members in case of an emergency postponement.
Before each meeting:

  • Review the clip you intend to view in conjunction with the print materials for the clip in the guide.
  • Decide on a time frame for the workshop. We suggest that you consider 20 minutes of previewing discussion or other activities, 20 minutes to view the clip, and 20 minutes for a follow-up discussion or activity. The guide lists suggested activities and discussions for pre- and post-viewing. You can select one of them, adapt them for your group's purposes, or create ones of your own.
  • Gather any other materials you will need for the discussions or activities you have planned. You may want to assemble notebooks or folders with blank pages for participants to use in taking notes or reacting to the discussions or activities in which they engage.
  • Familiarize yourself with the equipment in the room where you will be meeting.
During each meeting:

  • Greet the group and explain why they have been assembled and give a brief overview of what they will do that session.
  • Set their purpose for viewing the video. This can be a selected question for discussion listed in the guide, or one of your own choosing.
  • Encourage participants to note any comments they may have as they watch.
  • Show the video clip. Ask participants if they would like to review any parts of the clip.
  • Follow up the clip with a discussion point or activity from the guide. You can adapt these or create your own, depending on the needs of the group. Try to present a mix of talking, watching, and doing during each session.
  • If you are having a problem starting discussions, ask the group to talk about the things they didn't understand in the video clip.
  • Watch the time carefully and adjourn on schedule. Talk about your next meeting, reminding the group about time, date, and place.
Materials Needed

You will need to assemble the following materials to help you in using these video clips in a professional development workshop:
  • A VCR and viewer (television set or monitor) to show the video clips
  • Notebooks or paper and pencils or pens
  • Other materials may be needed for activities suggested for individual clips. Consult the chapter of the guide related to each video clip to find out the scope of these activities and plan your session accordingly.
  • Be sure to position the monitor at a place where all participants can view it easily.
  • Adjust the lighting to avoid reflections or glare.
  • Check the connections between the VCR and TV or monitor, and make sure they are both plugged into a working outlet.

  • Read the sections of the guide devoted to activities and discussion questions related to each clip several days before the workshop.
  • Note materials that are needed and gather them before your session begins.
  • A dry-erase board, flip chart, or large pieces of art paper will help in recording major points raised in session discussions.


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