One Teacher’s Journey
Bonnie Campbell Hill
Katherine L. Schlick Noe
Janine A. King

Open the pages of this new guide and put yourself into a terrific literature circles environment — one where the focus is specifically on your middle school learners! Whether you’re a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, language arts coordinator, or administrator, you’ll find enough ready-to-use help and realistic strategies to get you started, help you implement, and even improve upon existing literature circles in your classroom.

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©2003 Paperbound 136pp est. with CD-ROM ISBN: 1-929024-50-9

Table of Contents
    Introduction / The Structure of This Book
  1. Literature Circles in My Middle School Classroom
    Why Literature Circles?
    What Are Literature Circles?
    How Can Literature Circles Meet the Needs of Middle School Students?
    What Is the Role of Literature Circles in My Middle School Language Arts Program?
    The Grading Challenge
    Successful Literature Circles in Middle School
  2. Organizing Literature Circles
    Getting Started
    Determining a Yearly Plan for Literature Circles
  3. Choosing Books
    Keeping Up With New Books
    Obtaining Multiple Copies
    Selecting Different Books for Different Grades
    Meeting the Needs of Less Proficient Readers
    My Secret Weapon: The Read Aloud
  4. Supporting Quality Discussions
    Benefits of Discussion
    Providing Guidance for Discussions
    Beyond Role Sheets
    Preparing for a Discussion
    Developing Discussions Over Time
    Debriefing: The Key to Successful Discussions
    Focus Lessons for Discussions
    Teacher Evaluation
    Student Self-Evaluation
    My Own Goal for Discussions
  5. Supporting Quality Written Response
    Purpose of a Written Response
    Different Ways to use Writing
    Developing a Written Response Over Time
    Writing Response Journals Today
    Focus Lessons for a Written Response
    Responding to and Evaluating Student Writing
    Student Self-Evaluation
    My Own Goals for Written Response
  6. Extending Response Through the Arts
    What Are Extension Projects?
    Purpose of Extension Projects
    Sample Extension Projects
    Teaching the Process
    Exploring Literary Elements Through Projects
    Setting a Timeline for Extension Projects
    Focus Lessons for Extension Projects
    Evaluating Extension Projects
    Appendix A: State Standards and Literature Circles
    Appendix B: Additional Literature Circle Books
    Professional Books
    Young Adult Books