NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ869026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Facebook and Virtual Literature Circle Partnership in Building a Community of Readers
Stewart, Paulette
Knowledge Quest, v37 n4 p28-33 Mar-Apr 2009
Social networks have given rise to a reading activity called an online literature circle. Generally from four to six students meet together in an online chat room to discuss the same reading. In this environment students engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss and respond to books. Collaboration is at the heart of this approach as students reshape and add to their understanding while they construct meaning with other readers. Through structured discussion, and extended written and artistic response, students are guided by a school librarian into a deeper understanding of what they are reading. Online literature circles can be flexible in size, length of time, roles, content, objectives, and assessment. This virtual literature circle is an emerging example of networked social scholarship. This article describes an experiment of a high school librarian with a virtual literature circle using Facebook. It shows how Facebook virtual literature circle can be an excellent teaching environment for social and group work. With an understanding of social learning theory, school librarians can use affordances in Facebook to turn a predominantly social experience into a successful academic learning environment and, in the process, scaffold the development of students' literacy skills. (Contains 3 figures.)
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A