Guest Post: Learning to Talk About the Power of Stories – 5 How-To Guides for Innovative Literature Circles

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In this post, we share five How-To Guides for facilitating literature circles that help learners uncover the power of stories. The guides range from grades Pre-K-6th grade.

About Literature Circles: Literature circles (sometimes called book groups or literature groups) are book discussion groups organized around a book, theme, genre, or author. Students must learn to be independent, critical thinkers in order to discuss the text with their peers, so it takes a lot of scaffolding and support to help them to develop these skills. These guides will help teachers to get started on literature circles. We hope you will be able to make use of them and share them with others.

About Us: We are graduate students at Arcadia University’s School of Education. We designed these guides by researching a range of models and techniques, looking closely at aspects of specific children’s literature texts, and working collaboratively to design these approaches.

Five How-To Guides for Literature Circles (click on titles for guides)

Guide 1: How Do Illustrations Help to Tell a Story?  (Grades Pre-K-1) by Diamond Groce, Laura Shipman, and  Jennifer Mager

Guide 2: Teaching Questioning Strategies with Picture Books (Grades 1-2) by Samantha Fitzgerald, Brigid vonVorys­-Norton, and  Michael Pleasants

Guide 3: Using Paired Picture Books for Upper Elementary (Grades 2-4) by Joanna D’Orazio, Danielle Terry, Heather Buriak, and Jennifer Kacerek

Guide 4How To Teach Literature Circles for Rain-Reign by Ann M. Martin (Grades 4-6) by Amy Toll and Ashley Mancuso

Guide 5: How to Teach Literature Circles for The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart (Grades 4-6) by Jennifer Kolff, Jessica McGuth, and Jane Criste

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3 thoughts on “Guest Post: Learning to Talk About the Power of Stories – 5 How-To Guides for Innovative Literature Circles

  1. Pingback: Guest Post: Learning to Talk About the Power of Stories – 5 How-To Guides for Innovative Literature Circles | My Reading Room

  2. It’s interesting to see how others run literature circles. I have stuck mainly with novels, and I arrange my groups by reading level. However, I always keep behavior issues in mind because I want a positive experience for all students.

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