Beth McEwen, Teacher-librarian
at King George Public School
Have you used literature circles and are interested in using the format
with more diverse genres? Do you want to empower your students with the
tools to understand, interpret and enjoy non-fiction? This is a workshop
for you! Consider the multitude of skills that come into play in reading
non-fiction. Literature circles are an ideal strategy to deepen
understanding of both fiction and non-fiction. What is a literature circle
and what is a literature circle not? Traditional literature circles can be
easily be adapted so that students analyze and interpret a broad range of
materials beyond the novel, (e.g., non-fiction resources - magazines,
newspapers, books; and beyond the novel - poetry, popular music, scripts).
My middle school experiences have demonstrated that this is a unique and
wonderful way to hook them all, including reluctant, boy, and dormant
readers. This is especially effective for teens. Literature circles provide
opportunities for open and safe exchange of ideas. Literature Circles allow
teens to talk, discuss, and argue, things that teens love to do, but
directed in ways that deepen understanding. This session will share the
process, show the evidence, and provide support materials.
3 PM ET / Noon PT
May 9th, 2006
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* Learn the distinctive features of literature circles and how they can be
adapted for any genre
* Analyze the characteristics and qualities of non-fiction
* Develop techniques for providing students with voice and choice in their
* Receive field-tested, practical teaching materials ready for use
including selected song lyrics, poetry, and magazine articles
* Learn how to adapt instruction and materials to students' level, needs.
* How to select materials that engage teens
* Receive valuable assessment and evaluation tools
Key Topics You Will Explore
* Definition, scope of literature circles, what they are and what they
* The process: how to run effective literature circles
* The evidence: relating literature circles to student success
* Using literature circles to teach non-fiction
* Choosing resources that engage teen readers
* Strategies to assure successful literature circle discussions
* Strategies to teach your staff about implementing literature circles
Member: $48.00 + GST
Non-Member: $68.00 + GST
About The Presenter......
Beth McEwen is
teacher-librarian at King George Public School
She has a wealth of knowledge teaching middle school students and has been
using literature circles to "hook" all readers (i.e. boys,
reluctant, dormant, avid).
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