Establishing a reading workshop at the seventh grade level : an ethnographic study

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Show simple item record Belcher, Lisa C. en_US 2011-06-03T19:28:19Z 2011-06-03T19:28:19Z 1997 en_US 1997
dc.identifier LD2489.Z9 1997 .B45 en_US
dc.description.abstract As a language arts educator, I find myself constantly frustrated by my students' claims that reading is boring and stupid. Somewhere along the line, these students have either had reading experiences that have scarred them or ones that did not provide them with opportunities to make personal, significant connections with literature. Agreeing with researchers, I believe that, "Reading is authentic, and consequently substantively engaging, to the extent that it addresses questions that students deem are important, teaching them new things that they value, and also to the extent that teachers help students relate their readings to their own experiences" (Nystrand and Gamoran 268). It is my job as a seventh grade teacher to provide a classroom atmosphere that makes my students want to read.In an attempt to create an atmosphere that fosters a love for reading, I decided to test the effects of using a modified reading workshop/literature circle approach as outlined by Nancie Atwell and Harvey Daniels. This report of my largely ethnographic study that balances process and product gives an overview and support for the reading workshop program, a breakdown of my classroom, an analysis of materials collected throughout the year, and students' responses to the reading workshop format. It also includes a reflective piece from my perspective as the classroom teacher dealing with the first year of reading workshop. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent ii, 58 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.title Establishing a reading workshop at the seventh grade level : an ethnographic study en_US
dc.type Research paper (M.A.), 3 hrs. en_US Thesis (M.A.) en_US
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