Literature Circle Project

Introduction

I have been teaching 7th and 8th grade Reading Skills and Literature at Tanana Middle School for a number of years I have always been interested in Literature Circles and have tried them several times in the literature classes with varying success. When I have students who read their assigned pages and do their assigned jobs, they have a fun and successful Literature Circle. But, when they don't do their reading or their assigned jobs, it is a disaster. The last year or so, many of the lit circles have been less than successful. I feel that using Blogs and Wikispaces could be a suitable vehicle for making literature circles more successful because of the high interest students will have in the project and that they can collaborate on their content.

Favorite Web 2.0 Tools

Here is a list of some of my favorite web 2.0 tools.
  • Blogger
  • Wikispaces for Teachers
  • VoiceThread
  • Edit your own list and add links

Web 2.0 Integration Project

My project will use a these tools to facilitate literature circle discussions in a 7th or 8th grade literature or reading skills class. Students will be more involved as they are using current technology and may derive a higher level of satisfaction from their participation. As they are working in a small group, the less computer savy student will be more likely to actively utilize the technology.

Purpose

The purpose of this integration of Web 2.0 tools would be to increase participation by my students in the literature circle activities.

Audience

The audience would be, of course, the students in the literature circle. The teacher would be an observer and designer of questions for discussion threads and, possibly, add to the discussion. It is possible that there could be a way for parents to participate if they wish--perhaps on their own page. It could also be a partnership with another class who is reading the same book for their literature circles.


Standards

Standards What are some of the content or performance standards addressed by this project? You may want to include Alaska State Standards for Technology and National Educational Technology Standards as well as standards for academic disciplines.

Thinking Skills

What are some of the higher order thinking skills that this project encourages students to develop?

Objectives

What do you expect students to learn and do as a result of this project? What skills do you expect students to develop?

Activities

The basic literature circle organization will be followed: students choose their book and are assigned to a small group, and set up their reading schedule.

While the lit circle is being set up, students will need to be introduced to the technology that will be used as some will be familiar with wikispaces and some won't. IDs and passwords will need to be assigned for access to the site.

Since the site will not be public, there is no need for permission to publish forms.

Assessment

Student participation in the wiki discussion will be the basis for their literature circle grade.

Links to Project Resources

Teaching Books may be a useful resource for students to obtain information about their book author.