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Literature Circles

on February 21, 2012

We are beginning literature circle groups in language arts. This is a coordinated effort with Mrs. Kauffman, Mr. Worozbyt, and me. The students chose books after hearing various book talks in class. The books are from a variety of genres: realistic fiction, romance, science-fiction, fantasy, and mystery. Please encourage your child to keep up with his / her book because of low book numbers, there may not be a school replacement for lost books. Also, we are going to give class time to work on reading, your child is responsible for bringing his / her book to class each day.

Literature circle groups are used for master readers. In the advanced / honors class, students are able to read and comprehend text independently. The teacher’s role is to facilitate a deeper look at the text through analyzing author’s word choice, figurative language, and imagery. Also, we will work on the skills of summarizing and questioning. Students will make connections from the text in various ways: text to text, text to self, and text to world. Once a week, students will meet in groups and discuss their role sheets as they analyze the text together.

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