Lit circles.crosscurrents.2014

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Co-presented at the SEA of BC conference, Crosscurrents, with Lisa Schwartz who added another layer of working with primary lit circles. Into and refresher session for lit circles with no roles, no static groups, a focus on journaling and deep conversations.

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Lit circles.crosscurrents.2014

  1. 1. Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses: Literature Circles at Work SEA  Crosscurrents  Conference  2014   Faye  Brownlie  with  Lisa  Schwartz   AM,  Feb.  21,  2014  
  2. 2. Literature Circles There is great success in engaging students with text and conversation using literature circles choose their own books are never assigned roles Within these groupings, STUDENTS are taught comprehension strategies read at their own pace engage in conversations keep journals about readings and conversations
  3. 3. WHAT? Literature Circles are… Literature Circles are not… Reader response centered Teacher and text centered Part of a balanced literacy program The entire reading curriculum Groups formed by book choice Teacher-assigned groups formed solely on ability Structured for student independence, responsibility, and ownership Guided primarily by student insights and questions Intended as a context in which to apply reading strategies and writing skills Unstructured, uncontrolled “talk time without accountability Guided primarily by teachers or curriculum based questions Intended as a place to do skills work
  4. 4. Day 1: Introduction of book conversations • Model and practice with poems or short texts • Ask the students: “What comes to mind when you read this? SAY SOMETHING.”
  5. 5. Day 1: Start with the books • choose 5 or 6 books with multiple copies • choose books that cover a wide range of reader interest and level of difficulty • choose books that lead to further reading (series, author)
  6. 6. Day 1: Introduce the books • read an excerpt • describe the kind of reader who might enjoy this • Describe the font, text features etc. Students choose 2 texts including “notice that’s” each. (One as a back up) Start Reading!!!
  7. 7. Day 2: Meeting with the groups • meet with a group who are reading the same book, while the other students continue reading • students come to the meeting with a brief passage prepared to read aloud • After a student has read, others respond by: SAYING SOMETHING about what they thought.
  8. 8. This is My Rock

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