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Critical Thinking. Apprenticing CT Reading through Reading Circles. What is a reading circle?. A reading circle (also called a literature circle) is a group of students who are reading the same text.

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critical thinking

Critical Thinking

Apprenticing CT Reading through Reading Circles

what is a reading circle
What is a reading circle?
  • A reading circle (also called a literature circle) is a group of students who are reading the same text.
  • When they meet, they discuss the parts of the book they have read and plan for the next session. “The [reading] circle is a student-centered cooperative learning reading activity for a group of four or more students.
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What is a reading circle?
  • Each member of a circle is assigned a specific aspect of critical reading.
  • Reading circles “provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to [texts]. Students reshape and add onto their understanding as they construct meaning with other readers in their group.”
reading circles benefit
Reading circles benefit
  • Students by
    • breaking down a very complex task (reading critically) into manageable parts,
    • giving students the chance to discuss the reading tasks for peer feedback,
    • allowing students to negotiate meaning
    • developing confidence in their own interpretations
    • giving opportunities for apprenticing critical thinking in the context of academic discussion .
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Reading Circles benefit
  • Teachers by
    • allowing teachers to spend class time with smaller groups of students,
    • making students more responsible for their own work,
    • reducing students’ complaints,
    • reducing time spent grading.
why apprenticing
Why Apprenticing?
  • It takes years for a student to be able to read critically and write substantively.
  • Research shows that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master something (Outliers, Gladwell, M.)
  • Every chance to hone these essential intellectual skills is contributing to those 10,000 hours.
apprenticing for l2 students
Apprenticing for L2 Students
  • The language requirements of CT are very challenging – especially for non-native speakers of English.
    • Paraphrasing particularly difficult
    • Terminology L2 students often lacking vocabulary depth
do the ct reading circles work for technology and science reading
Do the CT Reading Circles work for Technology and Science Reading?
  • Yes, especially for professional critiques/reviews, for example