What are reading circles?
- Reading Circles are an enjoyable form of reading practice. In Reading Circles, a leader chooses an interesting article for his or her group and makes a list of 4 or 5 valuable vocabulary words from the article. The leader also finds and shares a few websites that have helpful information about the topic of the article. Meanwhile, everyone reads the article, the leader makes sure that everyone understands the article, and the leader helps to maintain an interesting discussion about the topic. All the members in the Reading Circle group make comprehension questions and discussion questions. Everyone shares opinions and facts about the topic, and everyone participates in the discussion, mostly online, but also in class meetings.
What is the Reading Circle (RC) Schedule?
- Over the weekend (or at any time before his or her week as RC leader), the RC leader chooses an interesting article, asks Rick to make sure that the article is a good article for the RC group, makes a list of several important vocabulary words from the article, and finds 2 or more websites or other texts with helpful information about the topic. The RC leader will bring these to class on Monday morning (or email these to Rick before class on Monday morning).
- On Monday, Rick posts a copy of the article on the group’s Google Reading page on the group’s RC page. On this RC page, Rick also posts the vocabulary list and links for the helpful websites/texts. For homework on Mondays, the group members read the article and annotate the text by highlighting the text and adding comments. The group members write at least 3 questions or comments, and each member gives a definition (gloss) for 2 or more words in the text. These questions, comments, and definitions will be annotations that appear on the right-side margin of the Google Reading page.
- On Tuesday morning, in-class at HELP, the group members meet and may answer the questions or comments that were posted on the Google Reading page. The RC leader makes sure that his or her group members understand the article. So, the RC leader must read the article very carefully.
- On Tuesday evening, everyone responds to at least 2 of their group members’ questions or comments on the group’s Google Reading page. RC group members cannot respond to their own questions or comments.
- On Wednesday morning, the RC leader brings some questions for discussion; also, he or she may bring a new text, video, or photograph for the group to see and study (if so, he or she must bring his or her own computer or iPhone, etc). The RC groups will have a short meeting at this time. The RC leader should prepare an interesting activity for this meeting.
- On Wednesday evening, everyone will post a discussion question to their RC page. This discussion question should be relevant to the topic in the original article, but it can also concern the content of RC meetings in class.
- On Thursday and over the weekend, for homework, the RC group members will post answers to their group member’s discussion questions.
What is a good discussion question?
What is a good comprehension question?