ERIC Number: ED469925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Literature Circles. ERIC Digest.
The use of literature circles has been discussed in a variety of academic journals, conference papers, and workshops. Teachers at all grade levels use literature circles as a vehicle through which students learn to: think critically about literature; express their thoughts in oral and written forms; and better enjoy their literacy experiences. This digest aims to introduce some procedures for implementing literature circles and to review some recent findings regarding the benefits of literature circles on students' learning. In discussing the procedure for implementing literature circles, the digest considers reading material selection, community building, the number of students in each circle, preparation for discussion, and sharing and discussion. The digest also focuses on benefits of literature circles which some students have identified, including stronger reader-text relationships; improved classroom climate; enhanced degrees of gender equity and understanding; and a learning environment more conducive to the needs and abilities of English language users. (Contains 12 references.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Critical Reading, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Activities, Reader Response, Reader Text Relationship, Reading Material Selection, Sex Fairness
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Family Learning Association, Bloomington, IN.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.