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Looking at Literature [electronic resource]

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Teachers talk about ways in which stories affects their lives and the lives of their students. They move on to talk about selecting texts, considering age- and interest-appropriateness, text availability, and other issues. Classroom visits punctuate the discussion, showing practical ways to implement the suggestions the teachers discuss.
Online
2003
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Starting Classroom Conversations [electronic resource]

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Concentrates on the basics of good discussions: defining "good" questions, identifying those who should have an opportunity to ask questions, and explaining the goals for this technique. Shows how teachers can make everyone feel comfortable contributing to a literary discussion and strategies for involving reluctant participants.
Online
2003
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Classroom Dialogues [electronic resource]

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Examines the various roles the teacher plays in class discussions and explains how to maintain a careful balance among leading, being a part of, and observing discussions. Identifies topics that are better discussed with the whole class and topics that are better for small groups. Offers suggestions for folding traditional elements of the language arts curriculum, such as identifying literary elements, into the ongoing class discussion.
Online
2003
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Using Art and Other Disciplines to Enrich Classroom Conversations [electronic resource]

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Reveals how the arts and other disciplines can enhance individual literary experiences for each student. Uses classroom footage and group discussion to show how drama, drawing, and music add depth and dimension to literature, and offer students alternative ways of expressing their understandings of the text. Also discusses various ways to encourage students as writers.
Online
2003
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Beginning the Year [electronic resource]

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Teachers share their thoughts on specific ways to set the tone for the school year, setting goals as they begin, communicating these goals with their students, and tailoring literary experiences to meet students' needs. Classroom visits on the first few days of school show some of their suggestions in action.
Online
2003
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Many Students, Many Voices and Abilities [electronic resource]

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Suggests ways to celebrate each student's uniqueness and provide an atmosphere in the classroom in which each student plays a respected and respectful role in conversations surrounding literature. Explains how background, reading levels, language acquisition levels, and other personal characteristics allow for the formulation of multiple perspectives that add significantly to a group's interaction with literature.
Online
2003
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Who Am I in This Story? [electronic resource]

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Examines the complex ways readers may identify with characters in a novel and take on a number of imaginary roles such as protagonist, narrator, author, or another character.
Online
2000
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Am I Getting Through? [electronic resource]

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A summary by the teachers, who examine their effectiveness in helping students comprehend and appreciate novels and become lifelong readers. Methods of evaluation are discussed and demonstrated.
Online
2000
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Why Do I Have to Read This Book? [electronic resource]

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The series' ten novels are examined to see why they appear on recommended reading lists and have earned numerous awards. A consideration of the essential elements of good writing and storytelling becomes an exploration of the reasons for reading and a consideration of the ways novels are challenged by students and communities.
Online
2000