Reading is More Than Just Reading

Yes, you read the title correctly, but let me explain. Yesterday I had a brief conversation with our Reading Support Teacher (RST) about her observations during a Literature Circle discussion she had with a group in grade 5. It immediately had me reflecting on my classroom experiences with Literature Circles. For those of you who haven't heard of the concept of Literature Circles check out Harvey Daniels website, or just google it. Basically it's adult book club for kids. Lots of reading, lots of talking. There are many aspects involved in implementing Literature Circles that I won't write about today, but what I loved most were the "roles" students took that allowed everyone an opportunity to shine. The roles I used were: Word Wizard - discovering special words in the text Discussion Director - leading the group during conversation, developing conversation guiding questions Artful Artist - creating a picture to represent...
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