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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Key Points

Learning Objectives

Background Reading

Homework Assignment

Classroom Connection
Ongoing Activity

Additional Reading

Additional Reading

This Web site provides a number of links to useful information for teachers planning their first days and weeks of school.

A to Z Teacher Stuff
The "Back to School" theme offers a number of resources for teachers beginning a school year.

Education World
Among its huge number of resources for teachers are many getting started activities.

ABC Teach
Search for "Back to School" to find activities and suggestions for the beginning of the year.

Teaching is a Work of Heart
A number of resources including suggestions for back to school days at http://teachingheart.net/backtolinks.html.

YALSA Booklists
This site is a booklist of winning titles, 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).

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:

Picture Books:
Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
"My Ol' Man" by Patricia Polacco

"Signifying Monkey" by Oscar Browne
"The Two-Headed Calf" by Laura Gilpin

Gaucho by Gloria Gonzalez
Holes by Louis Sachar



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