Mini-lessons for Literature Circles

Mini-lessons for Literature Circles

Paperback(New Edition)

Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Friday, October 25


Harvey Daniels' Literature Circles introduced tens of thousands of teachers to the power of student-led book discussions. Nancy Steineke's Reading and Writing Together showed how a teacher can nurture friendship and collaboration among young readers. Now, Daniels and Steineke team up to focus on one crucial element of the Literature Circle model; the short, teacher-directed lessons that begin, guide and follow-up every successful book club meeting.

Mini-lessons are the secret to book clubs that click. Each of these forty-five short, focused, and practical lessons includes Nancy and Harvey's actual classroom language and is formatted to help busy teachers with point-by-point answers to the questions they most frequently ask.

How can I:
  • steer my students toward deeper comprehension?
  • get kids interested in each others' ideas?
  • make sure kids choose just-right books?
  • help students schedule their reading and meeting time?
  • deal with kids who don't do the reading?
  • get kids to pay more attention to literary style and structure?
  • help special education and ELL students to participate actively in book clubs?
  • get kids to expand their repertoire of reading strategies?
  • make sure groups are on-task when I'm not looking over their shoulder?
  • introduce writing tools (including role sheets) that support student discussion?.
  • help shy or dominating members get the right amount of "airtime?"
  • give grades for book clubs without ruining the fun?
  • use scientific research to justify the classroom time I spend on literature circles?

Each mini-lesson spells out everything from the time and materials needed to word-by-word instructions for students. The authors even warn "what could go wrong," helping teachers to avoid predictable management problems. With abundant student examples, reproducible forms, photographs of kids in action, and recommended reading lists, Mini-lessons for Literature Circles helps you deepen student book discussions, create lifelong readers, and build a respectful classroom community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325007021
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 07/14/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 422,777
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

About the Author

Harvey "Smokey" Daniels has been a city and suburban classroom teacher and a college professor, and now works as a national consultant and author on literacy education. In language arts, Smokey is known for his pioneering work on student book clubs, as recounted in Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups, and Minilessons for Literature Circles. His latest bestselling books on content-area literacy are The Curious Classroom; Comprehension & Collaboration, Second Edition; Upstanders; Subjects Matter, Second Edition; the Texts and Lessons series; and Content-Area Writing. He is also coauthor of Best Practice, Fourth Edition, and The Best Practice Video Companion as well as editor of Comprehension Going Forward. Smokey works with elementary and secondary teachers throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, offering demonstration lessons, workshops, and consulting, with a special focus on creating, sustaining, and renewing student-centered inquiries and discussions of all kinds. Smokey shows colleagues how to simultaneously build students' reading strategies, balance their reading diets, and strengthen the social skills they need to become genuine lifelong readers. Connect with Smokey @smokeylit. READING Comprehension Going Forward Mini-lessons for Literature Circles Subjects Matter, Second Edition Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature WRITING Community of Writers Content-Area Writing LITERACY The Curious Classroom Comprehension & Collaboration, Second Edition Inquiry Circles for Elementary Classrooms Inquiry Circles for Secondary Classrooms SCHOOL CULTURE Best Practice, Fourth Edition Best Practice Video Companion Rethinking High School Rethinking High School Video Upstanders

Nancy Steineke consults nationally as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, and literacy coach for K-12 teachers. She specializes in content-area literacy, nonfiction writing, purposeful close reading, literature circles, and student engagement. Nancy keeps the focus on manageable teaching strategies that best benefit students. A published author and accomplished teacher, Nancy has been featured in classroom videos for Best Practice and Comprehension and Collaboration. Her groundbreaking work with book clubs and student led discussion groups is captured in her books Assessment Live! and Reading and Writing Together. A frequent collaborator with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, they have co-authored Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles; Texts and Lessons for Content Area Reading; and Texts and Lessons for Literature. Nancy presents annually at the National Council of Teachers of English, International Reading Association, and various state conferences. She is also an Illinois Writing Project leader. Along with Harvey Daniels, Nancy has organized and led over 50 multi-day residential institutes for teachers in locations around the United States.

Table of Contents

Joining the Book Club

Getting Ready for Peer-Led Discussions

Practicing with Short Text: Tools for Thoughtful Response

Getting Started with Whole Books

Refining Discussion Skills: Creating Deeper Comprehension

Solving Problems: Students and Groups Who Struggle

Examining the Author's Craft

Assessment and Accountability

Performance Projects That Rock

Do It Yourself!


Find Someone Who

Membership Grid

Book Pass Review Sheet

Abandoned Book Report

The Envelope, Please

Observation Sheet

Character Resume

Video Reflections

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Mini-lessons for Literature Circles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago