Reflection: Student Grouping Grouping and Calendaring - Section 1: Instructional Input


I have tried a few different approaches with grouping during literature circles, and I have learned valuable lessons each time, lessons that led to how I opted to arrange them this year, in a nice balance. That being said, I keep each group at no fewer than 6 members and no more than 7. I will confess, however, that I had one student move from one class to another and I kept him with the group that was reading the book he had already started, thus bringing that group to 8 participants. 

The reason I aim for 6-7 students in each group is because there are 7 roles I include in literature circle discussions, so I like to have each student take on one role that they give their full focus and effort to, rather than spreading that same amount of effort between multiple roles and tasks. By focusing on one role and associated task, I am able to best maintain a high level of expectation as to the quality, clarity, and depth each student takes that role and task to. 

When I had smaller groups, I found that kids felt rushed and did lower quality work on the multiple assigned tasks in addition to reading the book and attempting to enjoy it at the same time. I want to cultivate that enjoyment aspect, rather than provide ammunition against it. I also find that the discussions are more balanced with this grouping arrangement. 

  The size of each group is important
  Student Grouping: The size of each group is important
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Grouping and Calendaring

Unit 3: Literature Circles
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: Once students have been assigned a novel and a group for the unit, they will put together and commit to a calendar to follow throughout the unit.

Big Idea: Timing Is Everything

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English / Language Arts, Literature, annotation, collaboration, literature circles, planning, roles, calendar, discussions
  50 minutes
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