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ERIC Number: ED480271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1442-603X
Reading and Responding in Literature Circles. PEN.
Day, Catherine
Harvey Daniels (1994) describes literature circles as small, temporary discussion groups consisting of students who elect to read the same text. As each member assumes specific responsibilities in preparation for the discussion, those members come to the discussion with supporting notes related to his or her role. One elementary teacher refined a reading circle model in her classroom, gradually modifying and changing it, occasionally sharing the model and her experiences with teaching colleagues. Later she learned that reading circles are more widely known as literature circles. In this PEN Digest, she shares her work and that of three other teachers (Jan Verney, Donna Ross, and Melissa Van Bael), as they implemented literature circles within diverse classrooms. The digest explains that, as they modified the basic idea, they were attempting to better meet the need for balance, indicated by reading frameworks, such as the four-resource model and challenge approaches that privilege the literacy practices of some students, while devaluing those of others. First it describes the basic operation of literature circles. Secondly, it offers advice on implementing literature circles for the first-timer and concludes with each teachers' tales of implementing literature circles. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures, and 17 references and sources.) (NKA)
Primary English Teaching Association, P.O. Box 3106, Marrickville NSW 2204, Australia. Tel: (02) 9565 1277; Fax: (02) 9565 1070; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Primary English Teaching Association, Marrickville (Australia).