How do we keep students engaged and encourage them to become lifelong readers? How can we provide a balance between teacher-guided and self-directed reading? This practical research-based workshop will explore literature circles (student–led book clubs) as a way for students to apply the knowledge they have about reading and writing. Literature circles provide a unique model of student-led learning that builds reading mileage in a meaningful and enjoyable way.
Literature circles have many benefits by providing
- a natural forum for discussion that leads to student inquiry and critical thinking.
- a balance between wide and close reading
- choice and encouraging responsibility
- opportunities for interaction and collaboration
- opportunities for reflection and self-evaluation
This workshop is supported by a Wikispace that includes a comprehensive range of downloadable material that will enable teachers to easily implement literature circles into their classroom programmes. The material has been successfully trialled with 10-14 year old students.