I love this strategy for scaffolding literature circle discussions. This year we started out using literature circles for a novel we ALL read. Initially, I would bring all the kids together and fishbowl one groups meeting. This was a very powerful tool. The kids in the bowl loved being the center of attention. I started off with my strongest groups so they provided an excellent model for my other students. The kids outside the bowl liked the opportunity to offer praises and pushes to their peers. Now my students know what is expected of them in literature circles so I can differentiate by reading levels and assign books with the confidence that the different groups all know what to do.
Stacy Schwab @ new-in-room-202.blogspot.com
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