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ERIC Number: ED480242
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-28
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Literature Circles: Getting Started.
Fink, Lisa
Literature Circles are a great way to supplement a reading program in a literature-based classroom. In this lesson plan, students create and answer comprehension questions, discover new vocabulary, and examine elements of literature. The students feel ownership in Literature Circles, because they are responsible for the meeting. Any genre of literature can be used. During two 45-minute sessions, students will: discuss the meanings of new words encountered in independent and group activities; use a variety of resources to clarify meanings of unfamiliar words; define unfamiliar vocabulary; make predictions about text events before and during reading, and confirm, modify, or reject predictions after reading; use evidence in text to form questions and verify predictions; demonstrate an accurate understanding of information in the text by focusing on the key ideas presented explicitly or implicitly and linking them to previous experience and knowledge; ask questions to clarify understanding; use information to generate and respond to questions that reflect higher level thinking skills; formulate relevant and focused questions; retell information from a text; paraphrase/summarize text according to text structure; respond in an appropriate manner to question and discussion with relevant and focused comments; interpret figurative language; identify literary elements in text; and demonstrate the ability to listen for different purposes. The instructional plan, lists of resources, student assessment/reflection activities, and a list of National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association (NCTE/IRA) Standards addressed in the lesson are included. A self-reflection page and worksheets for the checker, discussion director, literary luminary, and vocabulary enricher of each group are attached. (PM)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: MarcoPolo Education Foundation.; National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; International Reading Association, Newark, DE.