I have been toying with the idea to introduce Literature Circles all year long and doing a lot of reading about its benefits. I've read articles, pulled out the college books and purchased groups of books to get me going. I decided last week to just dive in and give it a shot. I was scared. I took it slow... and crossed my fingers that we didn't crash and burn.
I introduced my kids to the way it works and told them this is something new that I think they'd really enjoy (they do). They said they were game and so we went with it! This post will be breaking down how I introduced literature circles to my students. If I told you everything I've done so far... we'd be here for years! I will post a little bit each day so we aren't all overwhelmed!
Here are the books my students chose from:
Each group has 5 students in it and one group has 6. I have 26 kids (yep.. a lot - but, I couldn't imagine having any less)!
After students picked their books they read a chapter or 2 together just to practice and decide on how they would like to read. I really am taking this process slow.
I am having them read the book at the exact same time so we are always on the same page.
After students read their book for the first time I just had them talk about it. Yep, that's it - just talk!!
I would go onto more... but, it would be a LOAD of information! So, I will be back tomorrow and tell you about how I introduced their first job to them using a read aloud!
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