Today was an important day. Today we put it all together. The practice making connections, summarizing, and questioning. The group work that required collaboration and communication. The activities around rights and laws. Today we began literacy circles!
Literacy circles are a way of studying novels that allows for differentiation and deeper understanding. I chose 3 novels at 3 different lexile levels, each involving an election. I then grouped the students based on their instructional reading level and assigned them the appropriate novel. Twice a week, these literacy groups will meet. They will read an assigned chunk of their novel together, then separate to complete their lit circle jobs. The jobs are detailed on bookmarks, and they are rotated each session.
The next day, the groups will meet to share their work and begin the next chunk. In this way, your child is not only challenged to deepen her reading comprehension, but also learning various aspects of elections and government. Meanwhile, each group builds the invaluable skills needed to work cooperatively within a group.
Little people, big minds.