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April 15 and April 23rd, 2018

posted Apr 15, 2016, 8:37 AM by Karen Klemchuk   [ updated Apr 22, 2018, 7:14 PM ]

We will begin Literature Circles or small Book Club groups with each student choosing a book to read from a variety of titles. Each group will have about four students who are also reading the same book. They will share their reading experiences together in their group meeting.

Literature Circles have many benefits: students direct their own learning, and students have a choice in what they read, which is intrinsically motivating. Students fulfill their need to socialize while sharing their thoughts about their book, engaging in a cooperative learning structure. Last, but not least, it is fun! The students and I look upon this experience as a chance to participate in their own "book club" - sharing their inferences about plot, characters, conflict, and theme, and learning from one another. This is one of my favorite activities as a teacher; to sit in on each group as a quiet observer, watching and listening as they take ownership in their learning.

They will create their own calendar for reading assignments for each evening. Because each group has a different book and a different number of pages or chapters, each individual student is expected to write down their assignment for the night. You should be seeing lots of interested reading being done by your student each day.

As always, please check the calendar for homework assignments (except Literature Circle reading) or upcoming quizzes.