By Faye Brownlie
Grand Conversations,Thoughtful Responses presents the major to supporting your scholars turn into enthusiastic, convinced readers. within the writer s special approach to Literature Circles, no roles are used and no limits are set at the volume scholars learn. scholars select their books from a suitable pre-arranged set, have interaction in significant conversations approximately their books with their friends, continue reaction journals, and paintings biweekly on a whole-class comprehension approach. during this source, you'll find: steps for developing Literature Circles on your school room thoughts and ideas for construction practical chat groups functional concepts that aid scholars decide on books accomplished e-book lists advice and standards to aid scholars write insightful own responses feedback for assessing and comparing pupil paintings in Literature Circles
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When I was skateboarding I didn’t need a cast, just an elastic bandage. 12 An example of a Grade 7 student’s personal criteria sheet for editing journal responses. 8. The student pair meets with the teacher to share their Better response, and the teacher, if possible, suggests ways to make it into a Wow! response. 9. Student pairs rewrite the examples to make them Wow! responses. 10. Each student rewrites his or her journal entry, incorporating the Wow! response. The Class Choosing the Criteria Having the class choose the criteria for editing responses is effective when the class is new to you or is less experienced working with criteria.
Thinking. When you plan with the end in mind, it will be clear which response framework is most appropriate for your class. Generally, begin with a common class journal framework rather than try to teach variations simultaneously. The double-entry journal is the basis of all my other response-journal frameworks. Frameworks for response writing should always be elegantly simple! And the types I present here are all elegantly simple. The Double-Entry Journal The double-entry journal is the most common journal framework and has many variations.
The students have already been reading and responding, analyzing, connecting, and offering opinions and reactions in group discussions and in their journals. Now, with a focus on comprehension, they begin to work with aspects of story structures, such as setting, character, and plot. They also may examine relationships among ideas and interpret themes. The particular comprehension activity you choose is determined by the needs of the students and the expectations of their particular curriculum.