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Mini lessons For Literature Circles,9780325007021

Mini lessons For Literature Circles

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 7/14/2004
Publisher(s): Heinemann Publishing
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Summary

Grades 6-12 Harvey Daniels'Literature Circlesintroduced tens of thousands of teachers to the power of student-led book discussions. Nancy Steineke's Reading and Writing Togethershowed how a teacher can nurture friendship and collaboration among young readers. Now, Daniels and Steineke team up to focus on one crucial element of the Literature Circle model; the short, teacher-directed lessons that begin, guide and follow-up every successful book club meeting. Mini-lessons are the secret to book clubs that click. Each of these forty-five short, focused, and practical lessons includes Nancy and Harvey's actual classroom language and is formatted to help busy teachers with point-by-point answers to the questions they most frequently ask. How can I: steer my students toward deeper comprehension? get kids interested in each others'ideas? make sure kids choose just-right books? help students schedule their reading and meeting time? deal with kids who don't do the reading? get kids to pay more attention to literary style and structure? help special education and ELL students to participate actively in book clubs? get kids to expand their repertoire of reading strategies? make sure groups are on-task when I'm not looking over their shoulder? introduce writing tools (including role sheets) that support student discussion'. help shy or dominating members get the right amount of "airtime?" give grades for book clubs without ruining the fun? use scientific research to justify the classroom time I spend on literature circles? Each mini-lesson spells out everything from the time and materials needed to word-by-word instructions for students. The authors even warn "what could go wrong," helping teachers to avoid predictable management problems. With abundant student examples, reproducible forms, photographs of kids in action, and recommended reading lists, Mini-lessons for Literature Circles helps you deepen student book discussions, create lifelong readers, and build a respectful classroom community.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Joining the Book Club
1(28)
Really Reading in Literature Circles
3(1)
What Do Book Clubs Look Like?
4(1)
What Are Mini-lessons?
5(1)
Why Do You Need Mini-lessons?
6(1)
What Topics Do Mini-lessons Cover?
7(4)
Social Skills
7(2)
Reading Strategies
9(1)
Literary Analysis
10(1)
When Do You Teach Mini-lessons?
11(5)
Calendar 1
13(2)
Calendar 2
15(1)
Do Literature Circles Run All Year Long?
16(1)
Which Mini-lesson Do You Teach When?
17(1)
How Are Mini-lessons Organized in This Book?
18(1)
How Did We Choose These Forty-five Mini-lesson Topics?
19(1)
How Do You Teach Mini-lessons Well?
20(3)
Adapt Them to Your Class
20(1)
Provide Students with Journals
21(1)
Be Ready to Switch Roles
21(2)
Are These Mini-lessons Useful Only for Literature Circles?
23(1)
Does Scientific Research Support Literature Circles?
23(1)
What About Educational Standards?
24(1)
Who Are We?
25(2)
Why the Starfish?
27(1)
Recommended Readings
27(2)
Getting Ready for Peer-Led Discussions
29(42)
Class Icebreaker: Find Someone Who
31(7)
Conversational Warm-up: Membership Grid
38(5)
Home Court Advantage
43(5)
Defining Discussion Skills
48(7)
Think-Aloud
55(8)
Written Conversation
63(8)
Practicing with Short Text: Tools for Thoughtful Response
71(35)
Role Sheets
75(5)
Response Logs
80(5)
Post-its
85(4)
Bookmarks
89(4)
Drawing
93(7)
Text Coding
100(6)
Getting Started with Whole Books
106(20)
Presenting Book Choices with Book Talks
108(4)
Presenting Book Choices with a Book Pass
112(3)
Setting Ground Rules
115(3)
Making a Reading Calendar
118(4)
Dealing with the First Chapter
122(4)
Refining Discussion Skills: Creating Deeper Comprehension
126(33)
Asking Good Questions
128(5)
Asking Follow-up Questions
133(5)
Save the Last Word for Me
138(5)
Prove It! Taking It Back to the Book
143(5)
Discussion Skill Table Cards
148(6)
Getting More Mileage Out of Drawings
154(5)
Solving Problems: Students and Groups Who Struggle
159(29)
Books on Tape
162(4)
Dealing with Slackers and Unprepared Members
166(4)
Sharing Airtime: Helping Dominant or Shy Members
170(4)
Overcoming Off-Task Triggers
174(4)
Extending Discussion When You've Run Out of Stuff on Your Notes but the Clock Is Still Running
178(3)
Don't Spoil the Ending
181(4)
Abandoning a Book
185(3)
Examining the Author's Craft
188(30)
Savoring Powerful Language
190(3)
Taking Note of Strong Verbs
193(5)
Examining the Setting with Research
198(8)
The Envelope, Please: Predicting Plot and Character
206(4)
Looking at Characterization
210(8)
Assessment and Accountability
218(27)
Post-Discussion Journaling
221(4)
Goal Setting for Group Improvement
225(4)
Using Student Observers
229(5)
Eye in the Sky Videotaping
234(5)
Developing a Rubric with Students
239(6)
Performance Projects That Rock
245(32)
Tableaux
247(6)
Readers Theater
253(6)
Skit with Narration
259(6)
Talk Show
265(8)
Brief the President
273(4)
Do It Yourself!
277(4)
Appendix
281(9)
Find Someone Who
282(1)
Membership Grid
283(1)
Book Pass Review Sheet
284(1)
Abandoned Book Report
285(1)
The Envelope, Please
286(1)
Observation Sheet
287(1)
Character Resume
288(1)
Video Reflections
289(1)
References 290

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