Putting The ‘Oomph’ Back Into
Reading
Literature Circles, blogging and Twitter - the
key to developing a passion for readi...
What Are ‘Literature Circles?’

• A way of fostering a love of reading
• Modified version is particularly suited to
engage...
Why ‘Literature Circles’ and
not ‘Literacy Circles?’

• Literacy Circles implies a focus on all
•

aspects of literacy - t...
Why Did I Choose Literature
Circles to Foster a Love of
Reading?
•
•
•
•
•

A need to encourage reading
Students, in gener...
How Do I Set Up Literature Circles?

• Most important stage
• Don’t rush it - take your time
• Clear explanations and mode...
Who Chooses the Books?
Perhaps the most important part!

•Students MUST choose their books
•Teacher chooses sets - no more...
How Do They Choose The
Books?

• Teacher does a ‘book sell’ on the sets of
•
•
•
•

books - to engage, model, promote - ge...
• Read the blurb
• Title, known author, illustrations, etc
• Recommendations from others as the
programme continues
• Don’...
Do I need to have activities to
back up the reading?

• Digital tools can promote discussion
• Discussion is the main ‘act...
How often do I meet with the
groups?

• Teacher roves around the groups
• I always ask if I can join in the discussion
• S...
What do they talk about?

• Sometimes I want them to reinforce
•
•

comprehension strategies learned in the
classroom teac...
•
•
•
•

A link to our NZ Comprehension
Strategies
Developed by the University of Otago Literacy
Team
Has Learning Intenti...
A note about Post-It Notes

• Jot down notes, questions, things they
•

want to discuss - great for when they’re
reading a...
What students have said about Literature
Circles
Literature Circles helped me get back into reading. I think
Literature Ci...
What tech tools / strategies, etc could I use to
support my Literature Circles program?

• MyChatPack
• Blogging
• Twitter...
MyChatPack

• A newly developed tool to promote
excitement for reading
• Great for book sells / reviews
• Videos less than...
MyChatPack contd
Click the link to the Literature Circles blog
below for an example:
http://bit.ly/1eZLqzV
More about MyCh...
Blogging

• Share and recommend books
• Discussion of the week
• Question of the week
• Author of the week
• Blogs are gre...
Twitter and Facebook

• Twitter - summarize your book in 140
•
•

characters! A challenge but amazing for
being able to or...
Voicethread

• Use to create a group review
• Share with others
• Feedback in many forms
See more at:
http://voicethread.c...
ePals Global Community

• Join the community and share books

globally to connect students - and
teachers - create an onli...
Quad Blogging

• Join up with three other schools
• Use digital tools to run your Literature
Circles program
• Skype your ...
Google Docs / Drive

• Create a doc that can be used at school
and at home to flatten the classroom.
• Post questions for ...
Skype

• Link up with other schools
• Run your Literature Circles globally
• Share new perspectives
• Recommend books
A few more quotes from the students
Even though I’ve always loved reading, Literature Circles
has made me read even more. ...
You go to talk with people and they can trigger a lot of
ideas which can make the book more exciting or sad,
depending on ...
If you want to know more...
I’m passionate about getting students to develop a passion
and excitement for reading and woul...
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Putting the 'Oomph' Back into Reading - Literature Circles, blogging and Twitter - the key to developing a passion for reading.

  1. 1. Putting The ‘Oomph’ Back Into Reading Literature Circles, blogging and Twitter - the key to developing a passion for reading Justine Hughes @cossie29 http://k12motivation.blogspot.co.nz
  2. 2. What Are ‘Literature Circles?’ • A way of fostering a love of reading • Modified version is particularly suited to engage boys • All about personal reading and reading responses • Likened to an adults’ book group
  3. 3. Why ‘Literature Circles’ and not ‘Literacy Circles?’ • Literacy Circles implies a focus on all • aspects of literacy - this is what we do in our day-to-day teaching and learning Literature Circles - the focus is on literature and is all about promoting a love of reading
  4. 4. Why Did I Choose Literature Circles to Foster a Love of Reading? • • • • • A need to encourage reading Students, in general, were not that interested in reading for pleasure Reading was seen as something ‘done’ in the classroom Purpose of learning to read well through classroom teaching and learning was not clear - the ‘why’ of becoming a confident reader Engagement through discussion - oral language focus
  5. 5. How Do I Set Up Literature Circles? • Most important stage • Don’t rush it - take your time • Clear explanations and modelling • Lots of discussion, questions, etc - getting • • the students to take ownership - ‘What would an effective Literature Circles session look like, sound like, feel like?’ Be clear about the purpose Range of books is key to success
  6. 6. Who Chooses the Books? Perhaps the most important part! •Students MUST choose their books •Teacher chooses sets - no more than 5 books per set •Choose a wide range - around 10 sets to start with - depending on class size •You may need to support, encourage •Crucial to engagement
  7. 7. How Do They Choose The Books? • Teacher does a ‘book sell’ on the sets of • • • • books - to engage, model, promote - get the excitement going! Five finger method Take time to read the first chapter or two Freedom to change in the first session As sessions progress, encourage book suggestions from students
  8. 8. • Read the blurb • Title, known author, illustrations, etc • Recommendations from others as the programme continues • Don’t forget to introduce new authors
  9. 9. Do I need to have activities to back up the reading? • Digital tools can promote discussion • Discussion is the main ‘activity’ • Definitely NO WORKSHEETS - kills the • enjoyment - we don’t complete a worksheet when we read a book. Research from many students shows that this is what puts them off reading in the first place
  10. 10. How often do I meet with the groups? • Teacher roves around the groups • I always ask if I can join in the discussion • Support discussion if needed - usually not needed • I try to join in for a whole session twice a week • My role is to listen • Students drive the discussion
  11. 11. What do they talk about? • Sometimes I want them to reinforce • • comprehension strategies learned in the classroom teaching and learning programme Other times, they have something they are really wanting to discuss Shared teaching and learning philosophy
  12. 12. • • • • A link to our NZ Comprehension Strategies Developed by the University of Otago Literacy Team Has Learning Intentions and Success Criteria Used in the teaching and learning programme throughout all curriculum areas to show connections - gives reading a strong purpose students explicitly know the connections Linked to the New Zealand Curriculum and other curricula globally https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByurP5fdVrIoa2o2M25BdFdIY00/edit?usp=sharing
  13. 13. A note about Post-It Notes • Jot down notes, questions, things they • want to discuss - great for when they’re reading at home and want to add to the discussion the next day Note any vocabulary they found tricky / want to know more about
  14. 14. What students have said about Literature Circles Literature Circles helped me get back into reading. I think Literature Circles are awesome. Katie G I think Literature Circles are marvellous because I used to be bad at reading and didn’t like it either. But now I love reading. Anna E I didn’t used to like reading but now I like it because there’s more variety and there’s lots of topics I like. Jamie S I enjoy it because I get heaps of meaning from the books I read. Josh A
  15. 15. What tech tools / strategies, etc could I use to support my Literature Circles program? • MyChatPack • Blogging • Twitter • Facebook • Voicethread • ePals Global Community • Quad Blogging • Google Docs / Drive • Skype
  16. 16. MyChatPack • A newly developed tool to promote excitement for reading • Great for book sells / reviews • Videos less than 1 minute can be shared straight into someone’s email • Longer videos can be uploaded to YouTube, Blogger and Facebook • Create a script to give confidence in presenting ideas
  17. 17. MyChatPack contd Click the link to the Literature Circles blog below for an example: http://bit.ly/1eZLqzV More about MyChatPack: www.mychatpack.co.nz
  18. 18. Blogging • Share and recommend books • Discussion of the week • Question of the week • Author of the week • Blogs are great places to save links • Check out the link below to our Literature Circles blog www.hendersonliteraturecircles.blogspot.co.nz
  19. 19. Twitter and Facebook • Twitter - summarize your book in 140 • • characters! A challenge but amazing for being able to organize your thinking and be succinct in your ideas!! Facebook - recommend books, book reviews, etc How else could you use this in your classroom or library - would it help to engage students and their families?
  20. 20. Voicethread • Use to create a group review • Share with others • Feedback in many forms See more at: http://voicethread.com/
  21. 21. ePals Global Community • Join the community and share books globally to connect students - and teachers - create an online book group www.epals.com
  22. 22. Quad Blogging • Join up with three other schools • Use digital tools to run your Literature Circles program • Skype your discussions
  23. 23. Google Docs / Drive • Create a doc that can be used at school and at home to flatten the classroom. • Post questions for students to join in - if they want to • Conversations - online
  24. 24. Skype • Link up with other schools • Run your Literature Circles globally • Share new perspectives • Recommend books
  25. 25. A few more quotes from the students Even though I’ve always loved reading, Literature Circles has made me read even more. Alyssha H Literature Circles brought me back to reading. It has so much variety. It felt really easy to socialise in the discussion groups. It kind of brought the oomph back into reading. It helped me read more widely and not just read comics. It helped me talk politely with other people and not just drop a bomb on someone’s conversation. It gave me a useful way to use my time and it made me ask questions about the books I read. Caleb D
  26. 26. You go to talk with people and they can trigger a lot of ideas which can make the book more exciting or sad, depending on what they said. There is a great range of books and it has made a lot of my class like reading even more. Amy W Discussing it gives you a better understanding of the book. They have changed how I feel about books because of the great range. Samantha C Literature Circles has changed my thoughts about reading so I can’t wait until the next Literature Circles discussion. Reading has changed how I think about books when I see them. I start reading and then I can’t stop. It’s awesome. Maddy
  27. 27. If you want to know more... I’m passionate about getting students to develop a passion and excitement for reading and would love to answer any questions. My contact details are: email: justine.hughes29@gmail.com Twitter: @cossie29 LinkedIn: Justine Hughes Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jussie18 Skype: justine.hughes18 Blog: http://k12motivation.blogspot.co.nz Class Blog: http://room4learningjourneys.blogspot.co.nz

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