Esl Class: Literature Circles


What Are Literature Circles?
In literature circles, small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students' response to what they have read. You may hear talk about events and characters in the book, the author's craft, or personal experiences related to the story. Literature circles provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books. Collaboration is at the heart of this approach. Students reshape and add onto their understanding as they construct meaning with other readers. Finally, literature circles guide students to deeper understanding of what they read through structured discussion and extended written and artistic response.
Perhaps the easiest way to understand what literature circles are is to examine what they are not.

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Literature Circles are... Literature Circles are not...
Reader response centered Teacher and text centered
Part of a balanced literacy program The entire reading curriculum
Groups formed by book choice Teacher-assigned groups formed solely by ability
Structured for student independence, responsibility, and ownership Unstructured, uncontrolled "talk time" without accountability
Guided primarily by student insights and questions Guided primarily by teacher- or curriculum-based questions
Intended as a context in which to apply reading and writing skills Intended as a place to do skills work
Flexible and fluid; never look the same twice Tied to a prescriptive "recipe"

From Getting Started with Literature Circles
by Katherine L. Schlick Noe & Nancy J. Johnson
© 1999 Christopher-Gordon Publishers, Inc.


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Discussion Director Form To be used before and during the discussion day.
Summarizer Form To be used during the discussion day.

The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi Complete lesson. Here you can also read the story.
The Gift of the Magi: Audio Listen to the story while you read the story: Right click on this link and select open in a new window. Then download the MP3 file.
The Gift of the Magi: Vocabulary Activities Exercise with vocabulary from the story.
The Gift of the Magi: Vocabulary Activities Another exercise from the story.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

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Hiroshima 1
Hiroshima 2
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Wringer Portal All about the novel.
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Reading Guide More interesting info.

They Don't Mean It!

Read the story The story is in a PDF file.



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Read the story A short science fiction story.
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A short science fiction story.


Blastoff! A picture book about going out to space.