Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Conversations in Literature
Conversations in Literature — Workshop

Individual Program

1. Responding
as Readers

2. Envisioning

3. Stepping In

4. Moving Through

5. Rethinking

6. Objectifying
the Text

7. The Stances
in Action

8. Returning to the

Support Materials

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The Stances in Action


Key Points

Learning Objectives

Background Reading

Homework Assignment

Classroom Connection

Ongoing Activity
Additional Reading

Additional Reading

An article by Judith Langer, "A Response-Based Approach to Reading Literature." Here, Dr. Langer offers guidelines for instruction and a framework for teaching strategies that support an envisionment-building classroom.

Dr. Judith Langer's article "Discussion as Exploration: Literature and the Horizon of Possibilities." This article explores how the teacher can frame discussion and move along students' critical thinking and exploration of a horizon of possibilities in envisionment building.

Doralyn R. Roberts and Judith Langer's report "Supporting the Process of Literary Understanding: Analysis of a Classroom Discussion." Roberts and Langer analyze a classroom literature discussion where students are immersed in their own text interpretations.

Guidelines booklet on "Teaching Middle and High School Students to Read and Write Well." This practical guide offers six effective features of successful instruction.

"How English is Taught and Learned in Four Exemplary Middle and High School Classrooms," by Steven Ostrowski. The researcher examined several classrooms, noting how instructional practices in the classroom assist students in higher levels of achievement.

Online links to Chicano/Latino authors and resources include:

Links to information about authors.

A guide to Hispanic literature on the web.

The Pat Mora homepage.

A biography on Rudolfo Anaya and related web links.

A biography on Julia Alvarez, as well as related links, criticism and resources.

A biography on Ana Castillo, as well as criticism and a listing of her works.

A biography on Gary Soto and the poem “Mission Tire Factory, 1969.”

A teacher resource file on Gary Soto, including links and resources on the web related to the author and Hispanic authors in general.

A biography on Gary Soto and the poem “How Things Work.”



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