Exploring Literary Circles


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Introduction: Literary Circles...Why more Reading?

Literature circles offers the reader (and in this case, the students) choice on how they read, what they read, and individualizing their own comprehension skills.
Literature circles give the students the power of self-learning and improving their English skills.
Some may ask; "Why not just let the student's read whatever book they want on their own?" or "Just do book reports, they have worked perfectly in the past!" My response to that is, are these different options really working? Are we as educators seeing an increase in drive to read? Then, once we get the student to read are they showing comprehension skills that really work for them?
By the end of this lesson, I hope to introduce to you the benefits of taking the time to allow students to connect with what they are reading. This is an avenue that allows students to be in control of their own reading speed, understanding and interest without the pressure of impressing other students and classmates with their skills or lack of.

Lesson 1: Goals

1. Define what a literary circle is.
2. Set up your lessons around the literary circle concept
3. Gain your students interest in literary circles

What to do for Lesson 1

Read the following journals and watch the videos to gather and insight on what a Literature Circle. Also gathering information on what we hope to accomplish by using them in our classrooms.

Understanding Literature Circles
Integrated Literary Circles in Classrooms
Basic Overview of Literature Circles