Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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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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Planning and Professional Development


Key Points

Learning Objectives

Background Reading

Homework Assignment

Classroom Connection
Ongoing Activity

Additional Reading

Homework Assignment

Respond to the following in your workshop journal:

Joe Bernhart defines his job as reaching "all... kids, even the ones we aren't making connections with." Which students do you have the most difficulty making connections with? What changes do you make to enable those connections? What else might you do? What resources and support do you have to help you?

In preparation for Workshop 9, read "Literary Thought and Literate Mind" in Envisioning Literature from the Teachers College Press. Copyright 1995. ISBN 0-8077-3464-0.

You may also wish to refer to CELA's Winter 2002 Newsletter which focuses on professional development or read their reports on teachers' professional lives.

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

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