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Literature circles ppt for lit workshop 141210

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Interesting and useful methodology to delight students with literature.

Interesting and useful methodology to delight students with literature.

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  • 1. Literature Circles
    • Literature Circles is an interesting and helpful tool to encourage students to read and most importantly, not merely check, but to teach reading comprehension.
    • “ [1] Reading comprehension is often misunderstood in teaching” Generally instead of teaching reading comprehension we merely measure it. This technique allows students to unfold the process of comprehension. [1 ] Pollack Day Jeni, et al., Moving Forward with Literature Circles.
  • 2. Literature Circles
    • Benefits of Literature Circles
    • Help you to teach- not merely check comprehension
    • Allow you to teach many facets of comprehension
    • Encourage students to learn from one another
    • Motivate students naturally
    • Promote discussion more effective than whole groups.
  • 3. Literature Circle Sequence
    • Phase 1
    • Teacher Initiated - Teacher Directed
    • Phase 2
    • Teacher Initiated - Student Directed
    • Phase 3
    • Student Initiated – Student Directed
  • 4. Literature Circles Roles
    • Super Summarizer
    • It is your job to provide your Group with a summary of the assigned reading
    • Complete a story map graphic organizer for the chapters that you will be discussing.
    • Be prepared to present your story map to your group. (Practice your presentation in advanced).
    • Present your story map to your group. Ask each member if they can add anything to what you have presented.
  • 5. Literature Circles Roles
    • Word Wizard
    • Choose 5 words from your reading assignment.
    • Write each word and its page number on an index card.
    • Write the definition of each word on the back of the card and fill out your section of the worksheet packet
    • Be prepared to teach the words to your group. To do this, read the sentence from the book and discuss the meaning of the word. Ask group members to come up with their own sentences using each new word.
  • 6. Literature Circles Roles
    • Discussion Director
    • Create 3 to 5 interesting discussion questions. These can be questions that you had while reading.
    • Try to think of questions that will get your circle group to dig into the book and share their thoughts and opinions.
    • Write each question on an index card and fill out your section of the worksheet packet.
    • After you discuss the questions with your group members, ask them if they had any different questions while reading that can be discussed.
    • (the most important role of literature circles)
  • 7. Literature Circles Roles
    • Passage Person
    • Select 3 to 4 passages from the reading that you would like to share with your group.
    • Try to select passages that have a specific meaning to the text.
    • Write each passage on your section of the worksheet. Include page numbers and the reason you chose that passage.
    • Be prepared to explain the passages to your group and why you chose each one. Ask group members if they came across any passages that they would like to share.
  • 8. Other roles
    • Curious Connector : Makes 3 types of connections: 1. Text-to-self. 2. Text-to-text, and 3. Text-to-world.
    • Artful Artist : Draws a significant scene or passage from the reading.
    • Idea Investigator : Gathers background information on the author or reports on the historical period of the story.
    • Culture Collector : Compare and contrast your culture with the cultural events described in the story.
    • Time Tracer : Keeps track of the story timeline. (Time, season, year, etc.)
    • Roving reporter : Observes group interaction and behaviour. Observe specific social skills and thinking skills. Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation (KCAASE).
  • 9. Some Conclusions
    • The form taken by literature circles varies according to the students' needs, their abilities, and the characteristics of individual classrooms. However, all literature circles share the following three basic elements: diversity, self-choice, and student initiative (Daniels, 2002). Based upon curriculum goals or particular themes students are studying, the teacher selects a set of texts which are either thematically related books of various genres or a body of work by a single author (Brabham & Villaume, 2000; Gilbert, 2000). Learners then are either assigned to a "circle" by their teacher or they may form their own groups, based on students' reading interests or book titles they have selected (Burns, 1998). Within each circle, students are in charge of their own learning and have responsibilities, such as leading discussions and deciding the volume of material to be read for each meeting.