Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources 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

Additional Reading

Professional Organizations

The National Council of Teachers of English
NCTE's site offers up-to-date information about professsional conferences around the country as well as online chat forums, a catalogue of current publications, and links related to English and language arts teaching.

The International Reading Association
This site offers links to local affiliates, information about meetings and events, access to an online bookstore, news about literacy developments, research, and online publications.

Reading Online
This Web site is an online journal of K-12 practice and research published by the International Reading Association. It includes helpful links to book reviews, peer-reviewed articles, discussions about literacy, and ideas and information about applying technology in literacy instruction.

The National Writing Project
In addition to providing access to NWP subscriptions and publications, the National Writing Project site links to affiliates, and offers online training as well as information about setting up and maintaining writing project sites nationwide.

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 Their professional development section includes online courses for teachers and discussion forums.

The National Staff Development Council
The National Staff Development Council is a non-profit organization devoted to providing effective, high-quality training programs with intensive follow-up and support, but also other growth-promoting processes such as study groups, action research, and peer coaching.

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:

Short Story
"Four Skinny Trees" (in The House on Mango Street) by Sandra Cisneros

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper
Darkness Before Dawn by Sharon Draper
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper
Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper
Double Dutch by Sharon Draper
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen
The River by Gary Paulsen
The Car by Gary Paulsen
Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen
Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered by Gary Paulsen
Stargirl by Jerry Spinneli
Loser by Jerry Spinneli
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinneli
Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush by Jerry Spinneli
Wringer by Jerry Spinneli
The Bomb by Theodore Taylor
Timothy of the Cay by Theodore Taylor
Sniper by Theodore Taylor



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