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ERIC Number: ED451485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 168
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87207-293-2
Literature Discussion Groups in the Intermediate Grades: Dilemmas and Possibilities. Kids InSight, K-12.
Evans, Karen S.
Many students in grades 3-5 may be reluctant to participate in literature discussion groups because they are accustomed to round-robin reading and whole-class discussions followed by individual workbook exercises. These children may require extensive instructional support to learn to participate in more independent discussions. This book describes how its author's strong belief in the value of literature discussions helped her to deal with the dilemmas of introducing a new way of "doing reading" to students in several different classrooms. The book invites teachers to join in each step of the author's literature discussion group journey--from choosing appropriate titles to integrating skills instruction and finding workable assessment methods. Along the way, it discusses the pitfalls and possibilities inherent in each step clearly and honestly, using the voices of students to show their progression from hesitant participants to strong, independent, and responsible speakers and learners. The book is divided into the following chapters: (1) "Literature Discussion Groups: An Introduction"; (2) "Why Should I Use Literature Discussion Groups, and How Do I Implement Them in My Classroom?"; (3) "Avoiding Round-Robin Discussions: The Need for Instructional Scaffolding"; (4) "Integrating Skills Instruction with Literature Discussions"; (5) "Assessing Literature Discussion Groups"; and (6) "Social and Cultural Influences on Literature Discussions." Appended are a list of discussion topics, a story map with character perspectives sheet, a student self- and peer- assessment form, and an observation grid. (Contains 65 references and 42 children's and young adult literature references.) (NKA)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.