Do you know what does “Literature Circle” mean? I bet to you that you had participated on one of this Literature Circles at least once!
Frankly, I had never heard that whole sentence in my life; but, like you, I’ve been working and learning English with this kind of teacher’s technique during my last years and I’m amazed because I have never thought that those activity that I used to do at school had a name! Exactly: “Literature Circle”. It’s an easy, interesting and funny way for students to learn and interact with their own classmates; moreover teachers can work better with their students at school when time is not enough to wrap with an activity up.
I’m surprised because I could never imagine that each little activity that teachers do at school with students could have a name, that’s why I need to take this course! But, let’s back to the second question of this theme. Do you know what does a Literature Circle mean? This technique is when a teacher divides a whole student’s class into many little groups; each group will have to work in a book. There are different ways to work with this kind of technique, e.g. Classroom Book Clubs ,Mini Literature Circles ,Literature Circles with Roles ,Nonfiction Literature Circles ,Structured Literature Circles ,Literary Lunch Bunches , however the most I liked is the Literature Circles with Roles.
There are many different roles that a student can play in a Literature Circle, e.g. Passage Master, Illustrator, Questioner, Connector, and Word Wizard.
I believe I could use this funny activity the day I became a teacher with my students. As I said before, I would like to use the Literature Circles with Roles because in this way the students would be able to work in each area and they could immerse a little bit more in the reading. Moreover, they wouldn’t have to participate in only one area, and they could practice or at least to learn how each role has to be played. The most interesting thing about this activity is that the teacher is not going to be immerse in this activity with the students, rather students will have to work together and they would have to establish the way in which they want to work, (however at the last it wouldn’t matter because each area is going to be rolled) there are some activities that each member of the group would have to be responsible for it, e.g. finding the most interesting information of the text, summarizing it, creating questions, finding ways to connect the story with the real life, and picking out the most interesting or unknown words from the text. After that, at the end of the activity ( the durability of this activity is going to depend of school schedules’ time and the teacher too, some activities could take a few days, but some of them could take a little bit more than just one week, or months) the students and the teacher also can compare their answers and can evaluate the work.
Wasn’t it incredible?
Most of us have learned and worked with this activity during many years, and it’s not been practiced only for English classes, it is also practiced in many languages and in many different subjects around the world, too.
So, that’s amazing how much a teacher has to know about teaching techniques!