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Active Learning – Literature Circles


Active Learning-Lit. Circles
 
‘Just Right’ Texts (Anchor Chart) 21.09 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
‘Just right’ texts are texts that students can read with a high degree of fluency and accuracy. This chart provides students with guidelines that will help them select ‘just right’ texts for independent reading.
Tell Me>Introduction

Anecdotal Record Sheet 23.02 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
An anecdotal record is a written description of observed demonstrations of students’ knowledge and skills. This record can be used to track the progress of one student over time or to record information about a group of students.
Tell Me>Assessment>During

Chart of Text Features, Text Forms, and Genres 25.45 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
Teachers can use this chart when planning, to ensure variety and inclusiveness in their lessons.
Tell Me>Planning and Organization>Text Selection

Checklist for Group Skills 27.26 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
It is important to observe how students contribute to the group as they participate in Literature Circles. This checklist lists some of the skills the teacher and the students may wish to observe and assess.
Tell Me>Assessment>During

Discussion Etiquette Checklist 31.06 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
Students need to be taught how to respond appropriately when working in groups. This checklist helps students reflect on their own behaviour as a productive and effective member of a group.
Tell Me>Assessment>After

Group Skills (Anchor Chart) 32.03 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
This chart provides a visual reminder to students of how the classroom should look and sound during independent group work activities.
Tell Me>Planning and Organization>Student Groupings>Getting Started

Independent Reading Book Selection 30.13 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
Anchor charts are posted around the room and are important reminders of current teaching foci. This anchor chart reminds students how to select a book for independent reading.
Tell Me>Planning and Organization>Text Selection

Key Messages for Teachers and Students 30.99 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
The key messages are the fundamental ideas that underlie all the approaches, strategies, and tools described in this module and in A Guide to Effective Literacy Instruction, Grades 4 to 6: A Multivolume Resource from the Ministry of Education (2005).
Overview>Engaging Students

KWL Chart 21.88 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
An example of a chart used to record what students know about a topic, what they want to know, and then what they have learned.
Tell Me>Assessment>Before

Lesson Plan for Teaching Questioning 38.23 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
This plan describes a lesson on asking analysis questions.
Show Me>Teaching Higher-Level Questioning>Getting Started

Literature Circle Roles – Assessment Rubric 32.76 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
This rubric allows teachers to gather important assessment information as the students perform their specific roles within Literature Circles.
Tell Me>Assessment>After

Reading Block Diagram 29.81 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
This diagram suggests a possible structure for the reading block in the junior division.
Tell Me>Planning and Organization>Time

Reading Interest Survey 31.41 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
This survey provides students with an opportunity to reflect on their reading preferences and provides the teacher with important information for planning and lesson preparation.
Tell Me>Assessment>Before

Role Cards for Literature Circles 37.06 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
When students are learning to participate in Literature Circles, it is helpful to assign them specific roles and to provide them with role cards. As the students become more confident and competent, roles can be discontinued. These cards include possible assignments.
Tell Me>Instruction>Introducing Literature Circles>Roles

Rubric for Literature Circles 26.61 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
Rubrics should be shared with the students before the activity begins. This rubric is designed to assess some of the skills required for successful group work.
Tell Me>Assessment>After

Student Self-Assessment Checklist 28.91 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
Students will become more effective group members if they are provided with opportunities to reflect on their participation in the group. The self-assessment checklist offers one way for them to do this.
Tell Me>Assessment>After

Taxonomy of Questioning (Anchor Chart) 25.26 Kb
Active Learning – Literature Circles
This chart provides sentence starters for different levels of questions. It may be used as a guide for teachers and as an anchor chart for students.
Show Me>Teaching Higher-Level Questioning>Getting Started


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