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Daniels, Harvey – Voices from the Middle, 2006
Long an advocate of literature circles, Daniels recaps the history of literature circles and cautions against the "terminology drift" that labels practices as literature circles when, in fact, they are not. He offers resources that anchor best practice in this area, and discusses how the concept is evolving and expanding. He also introduces us to…
Descriptors: Literature Appreciation, Reading Instruction, Class Activities, Group Activities
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Daniels, Harvey – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Discusses the influence of book club experiences on teachers. Argues that teachers simply must have a ready awareness of their own reading-as-thinking processes in order to effectively share and demonstrate them to kids. Suggests the implementation of teacher book clubs. (SG)
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Literature Appreciation, Metacognition, Middle Schools
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Daniels, Harvey – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Discusses the challenge of assessing collaborative work, such as literature circles. Suggests the best way to evaluate literature circles is a legitimate performance assessment created by the students. Concludes that the rubric-creating exercise itself is a review of good reading and discussion habits. (PM)
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Group Activities, Group Discussion, Middle Schools
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Daniels, Harvey – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Identifies a number of growth paths from 15 years of experimenting with Literature Circles. Presents an annotated bibliography of seven collections of very short fiction the author has been using to create collaboration minilessons. Notes that microfictions work on every level, are packed with craft, and often feature a surprising synthesis or…
Descriptors: Anthologies, Fiction, Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness
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Daniels, Harvey – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Considers the use of literature circles beyond the scope of fiction reading. Discusses literature circles' use with biographies, information books, essay collections, science adventures, travelogues, biographies, muckraking exposes, memoirs and even content area reading. Notes that teachers have an immediate incentive to try nonfiction literature…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Content Area Reading, High Stakes Tests