A research-based workshop by Judith Langer on bringing the joy of reading literature to your class. This is an excellent professional development resource with eight videos on demand. Topics include Responding as Readers, Objectifying the Text, Envisioning and more. You must register one time to view all free videos. This workshop site includes discussion questions, activity sheets, and diagrams. A valuable resource for the middle school and high school teacher of literature. A hyperlink on the site directs the elementary teacher to a similar, grade-appropriate discussion. www.learner.org/workshops/conversations/
More than sixty free audio or video files from renowned scholars which provide some in-depth literary criticism as well as the scope of literary history. Many of these are university lectures while others are interviews from C-SPAN’s Book Beat program. Speakers include such well-known scholars as Harold Bloom and Andrei Codrescu, and writers such as William Faulkner and Robert Pinsky. Some of the works analyzed include Romeo and Juliet, and The Great Gatsby. Other topics include “Science Fiction as a Literary Genre,” and “The True King: Tolkein and the Medieval.” Whether you are studying one of the critiqued works or writers, or are learning to write literary criticism, watching or listening to these lectures and interviews will be helpful to you.