Literature Circles

Promoting deeper comprehension from Prep to Year 6

Overview

Literature circles are small discussion groups in which students of varying reading abilities meet to discuss their literal, as well as inferred and evaluative understandings of quality literature.

Highly popular with students, literature circles offer flexibility in both group formation and text selection and are therefore considered a negotiated reading strategy. Readers take greater control for what is read, how much is read and how the discussion will be directed. Supports, commonly referred to as role cards, support students to apply suitable comprehension strategies throughout the discussion, relying less on adults to direct conversations and explore ideas.

Attendees at this 90-minute presentation will explore this popular collaborative strategy and learn why literature circles are recognised as a powerful instructional approach and how they differ from low-yield book clubs.

Participants will also examine:

  • the theory and practice behind literature circles
  • how to use literature circles as a powerful, high-yield instructional approach and not just another reading activity
  • options for getting started with small groups and whole classes
  • how to support struggling readers in mixed ability groupings
  • how to select rich texts and guide negotiated text choices
  • how to use role cards to support both comprehension and language development

You will receive:

  • workshop notes
  • afternoon tea on arrival
  • a Literacy Solutions' classroom resource

Cost

$85 + GST (Limited places are available so please register early.)
RSVP: Five (5) working days prior to workshop

Should you attend?

This workshop is suitable for Teachers of Years Prep to 6.

Where and when?

See our workshop calendar for locations, venues and dates.