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April 10th, 2017

posted Apr 15, 2016, 8:37 AM by Karen Klemchuk   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 4:16 PM ]

We have begun Literature Circles and each student has chosen their book to read. Each group has about four students who are all reading the same book and will have a job to do in response to their reading each week. 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 and literature circle jobs 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.