Monday, September 10, 2012

Any advice on Literature Circles?


I am so happy (and maybe a little surprised) to say that my school year is going shockingly well. I love my job, even when I feel like I'm losing my mind, but this year it's been calm. [I know, I'm probably completely jinxing myself right now]. 


So, because it's something I've always wanted to do, but been unable to because of behavior, I want to try Literature Circles. I have my books. I have some concept of the "jobs" I want the kids to do. But I'm a little stressed out about where to begin. Hopefully they can work independently successfully. I have several "non-readers"(we're talking 1st grade level) and I am unsure of what to do with them during that time. 

Let me know if you have any advice. I'm rushing off as usual. Coming home from Girls on the Run, and cooking dinner before my husband gets home :) Hope everyone is having a good school year!



2 comments:

Kristin Kennedy said...[Reply]

I would recommend a ton of modeling. You might have the students from different groups who have the same job (i.e. all the discussion directors from each group) meet to practice what they will share BEFORE meeting with their respective groups. For the low ones, can they use a book that comes on tape/CD or possibly read ahead with mom/dad? And give them the easier jobs like visualizer? You will love lit circles!

Kristin
iTeach 1:1

Kim Corbidge said...[Reply]

I started by reading a picture book and doing whole group connector by modeling and then having all of my students complete their sheet. Then I did the same for each role (vocabulary master, visualizer and last discussion director) I did a lesson on thick and thin questions when we did discussion director. Then I broke the students into 4 groups and gave each group a job (one group of discussion directors, one of vocabulary masters etc.) and allowed them to help each other. I gave all of them the same picture book to read. We met as a class to do the discussion. They had the hardest time with understanding how to "talk" to each other. Then I had my reading specialist, a special ed teacher and my assistant principal (anyone I could get) to use a picture book to model how to read a part, do a role, gather to discuss and switch roles before reading the next part. Then I finally left them try! We did the same book the first few times and I set the reading pages. Later in the year they were able to choose their own books. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

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