Literature Circles. Diane Kennedy Instructional Coach Sioux Falls School District. Objectives for sessions:. Explain differences between guided reading and literature circles Explain the four components of lit groups
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Sioux Falls School District
Teacher supports readers as they develop reading strategies
Teacher chooses the text to be read.
Students are usually grouped homogenously.
Texts are chosen based on difficulty of text and to provide instruction in a reading strategy.
Teacher plays a major instructional role.
Students must be able to read text with minimal support from teacher.
Emphasis is on critical reading and thinking
Teacher supports readers as they think and construct meaning.
Students choose the text they want to read from options provided from teacher.
Grouping may be heterogeneous by interest or homogeneous.
Texts are chosen by topics students are exploring in class or by interest.
Teacher may participate as a reader to model thinking and responding.
Text can be read in multiple ways- independently, with a partner, guided, taped version or read aloudComparing Guided Reading and Literature Circles
(core book, multiple books, text sets, author sets)
responding to ideas, knee to knee eye to eye, sharing feelings, disagreeing
constructively, taking turns, selecting books, reading silently, discussion roles
focusing on topic, piggybacking off someone else’s comment, supporting ideas
with evidence, asking questions for clarity
characters, predicting, cause/effect, author’s purpose, compare/contrast