Reflection: Introducing Reading Circles Part 2 - Section 3: Wrap Up

 

Many times I have heard teacher say they tried Reading or Literature Circles and it just didn't work. They describe feeling out of control and the "chaos" of it.  If you haven't had success with this before, understand that it will feel very different, and it will take a while to "get it right".  Know that you are not the first person to wonder "what went wrong".

I have used Reading Circles - started out calling them Literature Circles, but that like other things changed.  There is no formula for everyone.  The key is careful planning and knowing that it is okay to tweak the system to find what works for you and your students.  A quick search online will demonstrate the countless ways this method is being used.

The important thing is that they are having both a voice and choice in either or both their material and/or the topics that are meaningful to them. This type of collaborative learning is worth the time and effort.

 

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Introducing Reading Circles Part 2

Unit 2: Literary Reading - "Sooner or later, everything old is new again." Part 1
Lesson 6 of 12

Objective: SWBAT use their textual evidence (reading circle sheets and text coding) to successfully complete a reading circle meeting discussing the short story "Glitches".

Big Idea: Learning to fly with textual discussion.

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