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ERIC Number: EJ857456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
Literature Circles in Library Class
DeVault, Nancy
Library Media Connection, v28 n1 p24-25 Aug-Sep 2009
Student-run literature circles within the classroom setting have been well documented in recent years. This past year the author was given the opportunity to have her fifth grade library class for an additional library period each week to devote to literature circles. For their program, the goal was to expand the student's pleasure in reading and share their experience with their contemporaries so as to develop a lifelong love of reading. Teachers should build on their own knowledge, but also take suggestions from the students about the book choices. Students are then organized into book groups. Within the group, the students select a role for their discussion session: questioner, connector, literary luminary, or illustrator. The questioner becomes the group leader who formulates open-ended, discussable questions about a section of the book. The connector records connections between events or characters in the same section of the book and the students' own lives. The literary luminary records a significant or memorable quote from that same section of the book for the group to discuss. The illustrator draws a simple picture of a significant or memorable situation or character from the same section which the group could then discuss. During discussion times observation of the group dynamics provided thoughtful insights into the students' distinctive personalities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A