Agenda for Monday, Nov. 8
• Flashback to Vocabulary Week
• Syllable Squat
• Word Storm; Give One, Get One
• Read “Plugging into Memory”
oMost Important Word
• Word Storm again
Responding to Literature
• Finding the Poem Activity
• “Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins
• “The Secret” by Denise Levertov
o Dialogue with a Poem
• Envisionment Building
Most Important Word
• Stop at the end of each section
• Identify the single most important word in your
• Share and explain your answer to your partners
• Read the next section and repeat the process
Finding the Poem Activity
• Move around the classroom, introducing
yourselves to one another and comparing
stanzas until you find another that seems to fit
• When two people have found a match,
continue to roam as a pair until you find the
rest of your poem.
Finding the Poem Activity, cont.
• When you feel you have a complete poem, sit
together in your group and put your stanzas in
what seems to be the right order.
• Decide on a title you think would be
appropriate for your poem, and be ready to
share your thinking with the rest of us.
~Robert Probst, “Tom Sawyer, Teaching, and Talking,”
Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice, p. 48
Which title suits your poem?
• “Mother of the
• “The Talker”
• “Those Winter
• “The Panther”
• “The Hands”
• “The Ideal”
Who wrote your poem?
•“Travel” by Edna St.
•“Mother of the Groom”
by Seamus Heaney
•“Transit” by Richard
•“The Talker” by Mona
•“Those Winter Sundays”
by Robert Hayden
•“Happiness” by Stephen
•“The Panther” by Rainer
•“Wall” by Gabriela
•“The Hands” by Linda
•“The Ideal” by James
Strong readers can . . .
• envision—they can build the world of a story in their
• read between the lines—they can construct not only
what literally happens on the page but also see the
deeper meaning behind the words
• let the story lead them to develop big ideas about the
world of the story and, by extension, their own
~Donna Santman, Shades of Meaning, p. 25
The complex cognitive process involving the
intentional interaction between reader and text
to convey meaning
~Big Ideas in Beginning Reading, University of Oregon CTL
The complex process of simultaneously
extracting and constructing meaning from and
~Sweet & Snow, Rethinking Reading Comprehension, 2003
The discovery and determination of meaning
in a literary work
~Jonnie Patricia Mobley, NTC’s Dictionary of Theatre and Drama Terms
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