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Register for this NEW AUDIO CONFERENCE with Beth McEwen!!

Literature Circles Beyond the Novel
Beth McEwen, Teacher-librarian at King George Public School in Guelph

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
Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

The Benefits

* 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 reading
* 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 aren't
* 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 in Guelph. 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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