Introduction to  LITERATURE CIRCLES Jennifer McCarty Plucker, Ed.D.
Today’s Learning Targets <ul><li>We will experience an introduction lesson you can use with your students. </li></ul><ul><...
Warm-up Activity <ul><li>Do you go to movies with friends or watch the same television show with friends or play the same ...
Post-Discussion Reflection <ul><li>The person in your group whose birthday is closest to today is the SPEAKER. </li></ul><...
 
Elements of Literature Circles <ul><li>What we already naturally do with movies and TV! </li></ul><ul><li>Choice of books ...
Dr. McCarty’s Example: <ul><li>Book:  Thinking in Pictures  by Temple Grandin </li></ul><ul><li>True story written by an a...
Another Example <ul><li>Book:  Lord of the Flies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A plane crashes on a nameless island </li></ul></ul...
To consider during book talks <ul><li>Choose a book that sparks your natural curiosity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about w...
<ul><li>“ Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. ” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Edmund Burke </li></ul></ul>
What are literature circles? When readers come together to read, discuss, and share a book in a community that takes owner...
Eleven “Key Ingredients… Daniels, 2002 1.  Students “choose” their own reading materials.
2.  Small, temporary groups are formed based on book choice
3.  Different groups read different books.
4.  Groups meet on a regular, predictable schedule to discuss their reading.
5.  Kids use written or drawn notes to guide both their reading and discussion.
6.  Discussion topics come from the students.
7.  Group meetings aim to be open, natural conversations about books, so personal connections, digressions, and open-ended...
8.  The teacher is a facilitator, not a group member or instructor.
9.  Evaluation is by teacher observation and student self-evaluation.
10.  A spirit of playfulness and fun pervades the room.
11.  When books are finished, readers share with their classmates, and then new groups form around new reading choices.
<ul><li>Example Literature Circle Unit </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Targets (from new MN ELA standards) </li></ul><ul><li>De...
<ul><li>Example Literature Circle Unit </li></ul><ul><li>See Calendar in Handbook </li></ul><ul><li>Essential Learning Tar...
During Reading Activities <ul><li>Additional Reader’s Response ideas could be introduced as a during reading activity and ...
Management Ideas <ul><li>Build Small Group Community </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Calendars </li></ul><ul...
Assessment Ideas <ul><li>Formative </li></ul><ul><li>  Status of the Class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Role sheets </li></ul></u...
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  1. 1. Introduction to LITERATURE CIRCLES Jennifer McCarty Plucker, Ed.D.
  2. 2. Today’s Learning Targets <ul><li>We will experience an introduction lesson you can use with your students. </li></ul><ul><li>We will explore the benefits and challenges of implementing literature circles in the English/Language Arts classroom. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Warm-up Activity <ul><li>Do you go to movies with friends or watch the same television show with friends or play the same video game? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My fav show: The Bachelor! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In small groups, no more than 4 per group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify a movie or television series that everyone in the group has seen. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk about the movie/show for 3 minutes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ready, set, GO! </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Post-Discussion Reflection <ul><li>The person in your group whose birthday is closest to today is the SPEAKER. </li></ul><ul><li>What did you talk about? </li></ul><ul><li>Did everyone participate or share? </li></ul><ul><li>How did you know what to talk about? </li></ul>
  5. 6. Elements of Literature Circles <ul><li>What we already naturally do with movies and TV! </li></ul><ul><li>Choice of books </li></ul><ul><li>Individual practice reading and thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Small group discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative learning </li></ul><ul><li>Literature circles spark inquiry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inquiry: question and investigation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invoke your natural curiosity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar to watching a movie that makes you think </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Dr. McCarty’s Example: <ul><li>Book: Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin </li></ul><ul><li>True story written by an autistic animal scientist who overcame stigmas, misunderstandings, and challenges of living in what she describes as an ‘outside world’ to be a successful teacher, speaker, writer, and inventor. </li></ul><ul><li>I wondered… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What was her childhood like? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do some of my students with autism wish they had “squeeze machines” nearby? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How much of a positive impact has her inventions had for cattle companies? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Another Example <ul><li>Book: Lord of the Flies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A plane crashes on a nameless island </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No adult survivors; only boys from a private school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Various ages from 6-12 year old </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I wondered… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What would happen in a society with no adults? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wasn’t there a TV show about this? Kid Nation ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the chances of surviving this type of situation? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has this ever happened in real-life? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. To consider during book talks <ul><li>Choose a book that sparks your natural curiosity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about what you have learned about the books </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Approximately 3 weeks to finish book </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. M. forms groups based on your top choice </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. M. has executive power if you choose poorly </li></ul><ul><li>Once groups are assigned, you’re locked in </li></ul><ul><li>Choose in your interest area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not necessarily same as your friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are not always productive with our friends </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>“ Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. ” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Edmund Burke </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. What are literature circles? When readers come together to read, discuss, and share a book in a community that takes ownership of their reading process much like an adult book club—that is a literature circle.
  11. 12. Eleven “Key Ingredients… Daniels, 2002 1. Students “choose” their own reading materials.
  12. 13. 2. Small, temporary groups are formed based on book choice
  13. 14. 3. Different groups read different books.
  14. 15. 4. Groups meet on a regular, predictable schedule to discuss their reading.
  15. 16. 5. Kids use written or drawn notes to guide both their reading and discussion.
  16. 17. 6. Discussion topics come from the students.
  17. 18. 7. Group meetings aim to be open, natural conversations about books, so personal connections, digressions, and open-ended questions are welcome.
  18. 19. 8. The teacher is a facilitator, not a group member or instructor.
  19. 20. 9. Evaluation is by teacher observation and student self-evaluation.
  20. 21. 10. A spirit of playfulness and fun pervades the room.
  21. 22. 11. When books are finished, readers share with their classmates, and then new groups form around new reading choices.
  22. 23. <ul><li>Example Literature Circle Unit </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Targets (from new MN ELA standards) </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a capacity for sustained silent independent reading for enjoyment. 9.5.10.10 </li></ul><ul><li>Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. 9.5.1.1 </li></ul><ul><li>Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. 9.5.2.2 </li></ul><ul><li>Use technology , including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others. 9.7.6.6 </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners. 9.9.1.1 </li></ul>
  23. 24. <ul><li>Example Literature Circle Unit </li></ul><ul><li>See Calendar in Handbook </li></ul><ul><li>Essential Learning Target: </li></ul><ul><li>Sustain authentic conversation centered on text to deepen comprehension and experience. </li></ul>
  24. 25. During Reading Activities <ul><li>Additional Reader’s Response ideas could be introduced as a during reading activity and an additional discussion item: </li></ul><ul><li>Story Map </li></ul><ul><li>Concept Map </li></ul><ul><li>3-2-1 </li></ul><ul><li>Double Entry Journal </li></ul>
  25. 26. Management Ideas <ul><li>Build Small Group Community </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Calendars </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion Day Facilitation </li></ul>
  26. 27. Assessment Ideas <ul><li>Formative </li></ul><ul><li> Status of the Class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Role sheets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exit/Admit Slips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-Evaluations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group Evals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discussions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30 minute x 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Warm Ups and Closing Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Summative (final application) </li></ul><ul><li>Book Trailer </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection Board </li></ul><ul><li>Sales Speech </li></ul>

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