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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

Additional Reading

The National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement (CELA)
Directed by Dr. Judith Langer and Dr. Arthur Applebee, CELA is the only federally funded center committed to literacy research. All research is published on this site, including past studies, as well as reports about studies in process. Users can type the words "envisionment building" into the CELA Server Search and find a listing of articles and reports related to Dr. Langer's research. In addition, CELA's quarterly newsletter is available online.

Assessment Sites

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
In addition to an entire section on assessment and evaluation, this site offers lesson plans, teaching tools, discussion groups, and many other resources designed to help teachers.

This Web site is devoted to instruction at the middle school levels and offers a range of useful and practical information. Its section on rubrics is especially helpful in terms of both background information and a "rubric machine" that helps you create your own rubrics.

The National Middle School Association
NMSA is the only national education association dedicated exclusively to the growth of middle level education and seeks to be a key resource to parents, teachers, and administrators interested in developing more effective schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, and socially equitable for every young adolescent.

This site offers a number of resources for teachers, including information on assessment and rubrics.

Young Adult Literature: Middle and Secondary English Language Arts
This site is a collection of links on the World Wide Web related to young adult literature and instruction.

YALSA Booklists
This site is a list of awards and the winning titles of each, including the Alex Awards, Best Books for Young Adults, and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, to name a few. This site is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

The Literary Link
This site offers a search engine that is helpful in researching information about young adult literature.

This non-profit site collects booklists, authors, reviews, and "must reads." The young adult section of the site features a wide variety of links and author lists.

Newbery Medal Homepage

Middle Web's Language Arts Page
Middle Web is a well-rounded resource for all middle school educators. The Language Arts portion of the site is a carefully selected listing of resources and links related to instruction and literature.

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 Journals:
NCTE publishes many subscription journals, including The English Journal, high school level, Voices From the Middle, middle school level, and Language Arts, elementary and middle school levels.

Texts mentioned by teachers in this workshop program:

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
A Girl Called Boy by Belinda Hurmence
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Holes by Louis Sachar



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