Many times throughout the year, the 3rd graders will be split into groups to tackle a piece of literature together. We call this process "Literature Circles." The process usually goes something like this: each group gets a different piece of literature, which has been chosen based on the students' ability level or area of common interest. All groups are reading a piece under the umbrella of a certain theme. In this case, one group read an article from Studies Weekly about being a good citizen, and another read an article about the relationship between freedom and responsibility from a different issue of Studies Weekly.
First, the groups read their article together.
Then, each member was assigned a certain job.
After learning what their job entails, the students read the piece again, this time looking through the lens of that job.
Then, the students got to work. In this case, some groups had two students doing the same job. When this occurs, we get to see more than one interpretation of the task and of the piece of writing. We went through the writing process: planning, rough draft, editing, revising, and final draft. The final draft came in the form of a poster, to which each member of the group contributed.
The final step of the literature groups process is to share the article with the other group. This time around, we did our sharing through a group presentation. Each group got time to rehearse. We focused on speaking clearly, holding the poster so the audience can see, and also being respectful when it was our turn to be in the audience.
If you'd like a closer look at the final products, check out our bulletin board in the hallway!
Little people, big minds.