Carol Peckins, Media Specialist
Grades 6,7,8
Kinloch Park Middle School
Miami, Florida


My reading club voted to read The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. Our club meets after school and has thirteen members. Because all the students wanted to read this selection we decided to use a modified format for our literature circle. Students took turns with the different roles, and some roles (word wizard, illustrator) were shared so all students could participate. This worked out well, and the larger group size gave students an opportunity to verbalize content, listen to other modes of thinking and hear their classmatesí perspectives. The students interacted in the media centerís comfortable environment and were able to express their ideas and opinions freely.
We have had many opportunities for extension projects. We participated in a moderated online authorís chat with Kate DiCamillo. The effect of chatting with the award winning author of the book they were reading lasted for many reading club meetings.
For the Literature Circle Extension Project my students, based on their particular learning styles and interests formed groups. They brainstormed and came up with the following projects to share with you:

Our next selection is The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg. We have begun researching the life cycle of turtles and are planning a tea party to celebrate the end of the school year.

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