Circles: Teaching Resources
This website was designed by a group of Alaskan teachers in conjunction
with the University of Alaska Anchorage.
It has wonderful lesson plans and ideas for the classroom teacher, promoting
reading comprehension and creative writing.
This is a website that helps teachers chose books appropriate for
different levels of ability.
It is primarily targeting elementary and middle school reading strategies.
Literature circles are discussed on this page, and the authors give
specific information on how to teach the skill of discussion.
Many different ability levels are addressed.
There are many popular books to download on audio for free, in such
genres as classics, thrillers, science fiction etc.
Can be used for English learners if a book is chosen from the available
Great Books are online in print on this site, as well as non-fiction
and poetry. Contemporary literature is not available on this site,
I believe because of copyright issues. Students can access at home
or in the classroom and use with audio translation sites. See the next
Improving Comprehension With Think-Aloud Strategies : Modeling What
Good Readers Do
Speakonia is a download program that will
read any text out loud. It is free. Text can be entered onto the site,
largely through copy and paste, and a computerized voice reads the text
out loud. The voice is unnatural, but clear and may help English learners
hear a book to increase comprehension and confidence in the literature
This site also has a text to speech download. There is a free trial,
or you can purchase the service.
The benefit above Speakonia (above) is that the user can chose from a wider
variety of voices.
I Read It, but I Don't Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent
by Cris Tovani, Ellin Oliver Keene Publisher:
Stenhouse Pub; (October 2000) ISBN: 157110089X
This book was originally bought when I worked with reluctant alternative
education readers. Many of its strategies, addressing reading comprehension
difficulties in a secondary level student, would work well for English
by Jeffrey D. Wilhelm; Publisher: Scholastic Professional Books; (October
1, 2001); ISBN: 0439218594
Also a solid resource recently suggested to me is this book. It is not
only reading comprehension, but also how to model it instead of just teach
Character Through Literature by
Evelyn Holt Otten
The most important foundation of education is character development.
Chapters include definitions, explanations, lesson activities, sample
heroes, book summaries, web sites and much more. Major topics include:
Responsibility, Honesty, Caring, Sharing, Civility, Living Peaceably,
The Golden Rule, Respect, and How to Discuss Faith-Based Issues.
Forward With Literature Circles: How to Plan, Manage, and Evaluate Literature
Circles That Deepen Understanding and Foster a Love of Reading
by Jeni Pollack Day (Editor), Dixie
Lee Spiegel, Janet McLellan, Valerie B. Brown Publisher: Scholastic Professional
Books; (January 2002) ISBN: 0439176689
This book also introduces and discusses literature circles. There is
a section of the book designed to address English learners and other
reading difficulties, and strategize how to best work them in confidently
to the literature circle process.