Thoughtful Literacy

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Thoughtful Literacy

Setting up Literature Circles in Your Classroom:

Literature circles promote thoughtful literacy because the students are reading, writing, and thinking critically about literature. They're connecting literature to themselves, other texts, and the world. This is needed in today's society, in which higher order thinking skills are recquired. They provide a stimulating and enjoyable learning experience for the students filled with autonomy and collaboration. First, the students will be separated into heterogeneous groups and will choose from a list of novels. The students will be given specific roles for their reading group (see roles). They will read the novel and each student will be responsible for generating questions and for their part of the discussion process. Next, the students and the teacher will bring in artifacts that relate to the time period and social context of the novels: music, artwork, authentic foods, images, etc. They will use the artifacts to make connections between novels.Furthermore, the students will make connections to their own lives, other texts, and the world through thoughtful conversations based on the questions generated by the students and teacher. -Temple, C.., Ogle, D., Crawford, A., & Freppon P. (2014). All children read: Teaching for literacy in today’s diverse classrooms (4th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

What is Thoughtful Literacy?Allington defines it as, "the ability to read, write, and think in the complex and critical ways needed in a postindustrial democratic society (2002, p. 14). Students need to do more than just memorize the words on the page. They need to interact with the text, connect to it on a personal level, develop deeper meanings and insights, and have rich conversations regarding it. Teachers need to provide explicit instruction of reading comprehension strategies, as well as giving the students ample opportunities to use those strategies and practice. Teachers' instruction also needs to promote meaningful application of the comprehension strategies learned. Students need to be able to apply what they learned on their own. Exceptional Teachers do many things to promote thoughtful literacy: - Provide explicit instruction using modeling -give them opportunities to discuss what they've read - Encourage collaborative work - Integrate writing into the reading content area - have one on one conferences with students - Ask questions that require the students to think deeply about what they've read - Increase rich conversations in the classroom-Diehl & Nettles, (2015). What is thoughtful literacy? Retrieved from:

Thoughtful Literacy

The Importance of Thoughtful Literacy and how to Teach it...

Students' Role:- Led by the students- Students choose the book- incorporate art, music, and images from the time period and social contexts of the novels chosen.- Students lead the discussion- They are responsible for their particular role- They create meaning through close reading, prediciting, analysis of literary devices, and discussionTeacher's Role: - Help students choose the texts based on the students' reading levels.- Guide students to make comaparisons about the literary devices- Guide students to compare how authors and illustrators express ideas- Monitor students' progress- Model how to perform each role- Clarify questions- Be the facilitator, not expert- Help the students move the conversation forward- Supports literary learning: supply the students with concepts and terms to use as a tool in conversation-Temple, C.., Ogle, D., Crawford, A., & Freppon P. (2014). All children read: Teaching for literacy in today’s diverse classrooms (4th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

Student and Teacher Roles

Literature Circles: Benefits-Using multiple texts allows students to make comparisons between author’s points of view, themes , characters, symbols, etc.-Allows for differentiation with heterogeneous grouping. Stronger readers help the weaker readers-Core vocabulary is repeated in various texts, so students gain a deeper understanding of the words.-Students become resources for each other and build a community of learners.-Communications skills are developed: speaking clearly, summarizing well, using good examples, and listening to each other.(Temple, 2014, p. 467). -Temple, C.., Ogle, D., Crawford, A., & Freppon P. (2014). All children read: Teaching for literacy in today’s diverse classrooms (4th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

Video: Literature Circles in Action

Jobs:Assign specific roles to keep students actively engaged and on task:1. Reader: re-reads passages from the text to help group gain a deeper understanding2. Predictor: makes predictions based on the evidence presented in the text3. Summarizer: summarizes passages and chapters to keep the group up to date on key events4. Word Wizzard: Identifies difficult words, defines, and uses them in new contexts. Clarifies meanings for the group5. Discussion Director: leader of the conversation. Keeps the questions going and keeps order amongst group memebers.This is not an exhaustive list. Many other roles can be incoprporated depending on group size and the type of literature involved. Other roles include: connector, character interpreter, illustrator, recorder, reporter quotation finder, and checker. (Temple, 2014, p. 200)Team Talk Role Cards are also helpful in starting conversations among students. See image to the right >-Temple, C.., Ogle, D., Crawford, A., & Freppon P. (2014). All children read: Teaching for literacy in today’s diverse classrooms (4th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

Assign Literature Circle Jobs to Group Members


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