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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 site has a discussion group on heterogenous grouping in addition to access to Rick Wormeli's Meet Me In the Middle with a chapter on differentiating instruction.

ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education
This site provides hundreds of links to information in many areas of education. The section on Equity and Cultural Diversity is of particular interest for viewers of this particular video.

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

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:

House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
Holes by Louis Sachar
Taking Sides by Gary Soto
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Short Story:
"Passing" by Langston Hughes



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