Literature Circle is a collaborative and pupil centered reading strategy in which pupils come together and take charge of their learning by reflecting upon a book which they all are reading. Students use their experiences to create meaning, make connections, and have lively discussions about the book . The strategy focuses upon thoughtful dialogue in consideration of sharing experiences and reach to a deeper understanding of the piece of literature.
I divided the students of Grade 4 into groups based on their skill set and competence. Then they were introduced to the five jobs:
- Summarizer– The one who gives a synopsis of the things read in his own language.
- Connector– The one who connects the incidents of the book with real life through sharing any incidents or stories connected with the text.
- Discussion Director– The one who holds a discussion among all the students by asking arguable questions.
- Vocabulary Enricher– The one who takes charge of finding the meanings and pronunciation of the new words from the text.
- Illustrator– The one who illustrates the ideas of the text through art.
In the first session itself students excitedly became part of the groups and prepared above expectations. They accepted their roles with surprise and efficiency. They all carried out their jobs quite successfully and were keen on doing this more than once in a week.
Literature circles are a strong language development and brainstorm strategy. It was a wonderful experience for me as a Grade Tutor to listen to their thoughts and ideas about the book. I appreciated their efforts and presented token of appreciation for the best five among them.
Happy Reading ❤