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ERIC Number: EJ774543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
"Help! What Is Wrong with These Literature Circles and How Can We Fix Them? "
Clarke, Lane W.; Holwadel, Jennifer
Reading Teacher, v61 n1 p20-29 Sep 2007
This article details what happened when, after endless hours of teaching and explaining how literature circles work, the authors were dismayed at how their students still struggled to have positive social interactions during book discussions. Book discussions often deteriorated into tension filled discussions marred by class inequities, bullying, name-calling, kicking, and threats. The authors closely examined the context of this classroom and came up with some solutions to improve literature circles for their students. This article identifies some issues that worked against book groups (such as student and structural barriers) and suggests some possible changes (minilessons, watching videos, choosing good books, coaching students) to assist others who also need help figuring out what is wrong with their literature circle discussions and what to do to improve them. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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