You're such a Loser!! - Lit Circles

I absolutely love the book Loser by Jerry Spinelli.  The main character Donald is such an interesting kiddo.  I also like for the students to get a prospective on how to treat others and this book is helpful. 

With all of that being said, we started our Lit Circles yesterday.  We read the first 6 chapter of the book and discussed what each job was again before I sent the students off on their own.  I took my jobs from something that I had purchased from teacherspayteachers earlier in the year.  I keep up example posters for each job so the students know what I expect.  Since it was our first day, I gave them a little extra time to work on their job for the day.  I also took some time to discuss and share with the class the paper the leader of the group will fill out each day for participation. 

Sorry about the horrible quality of the picture, but I think you can get the gist... :)
 When the classes came to me today, we did the meeting with our group and sharing aspect of the Lit Circles.  I had to stop them almost immediately because I had forgotten to how the circles should look.  The students were just sitting there reading off their papers and not actually having meaningful conversation.  I explained to them that they should be having conversations about the book, like when they leave a movie and discuss it on the way home.  Also, that their papers were just a resource or a helper for their discussions.  I was very impressed with my homeroom TITLE class after that.  The conversations they were having were priceless.  I just love to walk around and eavesdrop listen to & join in on their discussions!

1 comment

  1. I love that you have multiple groups reading the same book. We have a series now...but when I did lit circles...there were times I'd have five groups with different books. It was hard for me to keep ahead of the reading!


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