ERIC Number: ED447423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition (CIRC).
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
This paper provides an overview of the Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition (CIRC) program, a comprehensive approach to reading and writing instruction for grades K-8, as well as its Spanish adaptation, Bilingual Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition (BCIRC). The program's goal is to improve student achievement in reading, writing, and comprehension by emphasizing cooperative partner and group activities, clear learning goals, and individual assessment. Main features of CIRC include: (1) grouping and teaming (with students of varying reading abilities working together in teams, including mainstreamed, academically handicapped, and Title 1 students); (2) basal-related activities consisting of direct instruction in reading comprehension, story-related activities, and integrated language arts/writing; (3) tests (with tests on story reading, on writing, and of oral reading, to gauge individual and team performance); and (4) students read a book of their choice and complete a book report every two weeks. CIRC is used in approximately 1,000 sites across the United States and Canada. Sections of this paper discuss background, philosophy and goals, program components, evidence of effectiveness, professional development and support, implementation, costs, considerations, contact information, and policy issues and questions. (SR)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Bilingual Instructional Materials, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Integrated Activities, Program Content, Program Descriptions, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Reading Research, Writing Instruction
Education Commission of the States, 707 17th St., #2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427. Tel: 303-299-3600; Web site: http://www.ecs.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.