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Making Meaning in Literature Grades 6-8
Conversations in Literature — Workshop

About Making Meaning in Literature: A Workshop for Teachers, Grades 6-8

Individual Workshop Descriptions

1. Introducing our Literary Community
2. Encouraging Discussion
3. Going Further in Discussion
4. Diversity in Texts
5. Student Diversity
6. Literature, Art, and Other Disciplines
7. Assessment
8. Planning and Professional Development
9. Starting in September...

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Key Points

Learning Objectives

Background Reading

Homework Assignment

Classroom Connection
Ongoing Activity

Additional Reading

Homework Assignment

Respond to the following in your workshop journal:

Make a list of the assessment instruments you typically use to track student progress. Choose one and analyze its usefulness to you and students. What can it show you and them about their growth as learners? Are there ways you might revise it or rethink its use to make it even more effective?

Make a list of the formal evaluation tools you typically use. Choose one and analyze what students need to know and be able to do in order to be successful. Evaluate how well the tool is tied to your existing curriculum and instruction. Think about what you might wish to do to make it a more effective instrument.

In preparation for Workshop 8, read the introductory segment of "Strategies for Teaching" in Envisioning Literature from the Teachers College Press, Copyright 1995. ISBN 0-8077-3464-0.

In addition, participants may wish to read the abstract of Judith Langer's article "Excellence in English in Middle and High School: How Teachers' Professional Lives Support Student Achievement" available online.

For additional resources, refer to the Additional Reading section of this workshop's materials.

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