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Engaging With Literature: A Workshop for Teachers, Grades 3-5

A video workshop for grades 3-5 teachers; 9 one-hour video programs, workshop guide, and Web site; graduate credit available

This video workshop — part of the Envisioning Literature series based on the research of Dr. Judith Langer —shows grades 3-5 teachers how to guide students in becoming effective and engaged readers of literature. Nine 60-minute programs showcase teachers from across the country discussing and demonstrating the philosophy and techniques they employ. The workshop centers on the belief that students have the innate skill to make sense of information they discover in a text — if they are presented with the opportunity and expectation of doing so, and are generously scaffolded by their teachers as their story worlds evolve through reading, writing, and talking about literature. Individual programs deal with initiating and maintaining such a classroom community while dealing with numerous pragmatic issues, including high-stakes assessments and meeting the needs of students of many ability levels. A print guide and Web site supplement the videos, providing for a complete professional development workshop.

Produced by Maryland Public Television. 2003.

Closed Caption     ISBN: 1-57680-683-9

This series was discontinued on June 25, 2019.

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Individual Program Descriptions

VODWorkshop 1. Foundations
Meet the eight teachers in the video programs and find out what kinds of literary experiences have had the most meaning for them. The group talks about how they have brought a love of literature to their students. Observe the teachers in their classrooms and see how this love of literature directly informs their work. In a think-aloud, the teachers demonstrate the habits and processes that successful readers employ. Go to this unit.

VODWorkshop 2. Looking at Literature
The teachers in this video program talk about ways in which story affects their lives and the lives of their students. They move on to talk about selecting texts, considering age- and interest-appropriateness, text availability, and other issues. Classroom visits punctuate the discussion, showing practical ways to implement the suggestions the teachers discuss. Go to this unit.

VODWorkshop 3. Starting Classroom Conversations
This session concentrates on the basics of good discussions: defining "good" questions, identifying those who should have an opportunity to ask questions, and explaining the goals for this technique. Learn how teachers can make everyone feel comfortable contributing to a literary discussion and strategies for involving reluctant participants. Go to this unit.

VODWorkshop 4. Classroom Dialogues
The teachers examine the various roles the teacher plays in class discussions — maintaining a careful balance among leading, being a part of, and observing discussion — as well as which topics are better discussed with the whole class and which are better for small groups. Additionally, they offer important suggestions for folding traditional elements of the language arts curriculum, such as identifying literary elements, into the ongoing class discussion. Go to this unit.

VODWorkshop 5. Using Art and Other Disciplines To Enrich Classroom Conversations
Learn how the arts and other disciplines can enhance individual literary experiences for each student. Through classroom footage and group discussion, see how drama, drawing, and music add depth and dimension to literature, and offer students alternative ways of expressing their understandings of the text. The group also talks about various ways to encourage students as writers. Go to this unit.

VODWorkshop 6. Beginning the Year
The kind of classroom that supports active and engaged readers begins with seeds sown in the first few days of the school year. The teachers share their thoughts on specific ways to set the tone for the year, setting goals as they begin, communicating these goals with their students, and tailoring literary experiences to meet students' needs. Classroom visits on the first few days of school show some of their suggestions in action. Go to this unit.

VODWorkshop 7. Many Students: Many Voices and Abilities
Each student has an individual perspective to share with the world. In this session, you will learn about ways to celebrate their uniqueness, providing an atmosphere in the classroom in which each student plays a respected and respectful role in conversations surrounding literature. You will see how background, reading levels, language acquisition levels, and other personal characteristics allow for the formulation of multiple perspectives that add significantly to a group's interaction with literature. Go to this unit.

VODWorkshop 8. Reacting to Students' Work
In this session, you will see various ways to evaluate students, use that information to influence strategies, and communicate expectations to students and families. This session also addresses high-stakes assessments, deciding when to assess and when to evaluate, and suggestions for helping students assess their own work and the work of their peers. Go to this unit.

VODWorkshop 9. The Professional Teacher
In this video program, the teachers talk about the ways in which they nurture themselves as professionals: their mentors and heroes, their activities, and the ways they reach out to their peers as they all grow in their careers. Documentary-style footage showcases the myriad ways in which they maintain their professional edge — learning from their students as well as other professionals. Go to this unit.



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