Scheduled Dates

This event has ended and is no longer available for new enrollments.

Literature Circle with Writing

Dates: 1/10/2013 to 2/14/2013
Schedule: Th 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

(View complete list of dates)

Located in : Brea Learning Center, Room D
Instructor: Julie Johnson

Regular Student: $140.00

Literature Circle with Writing (grades 5-9)

What is a Literature Circle? In a literature circle, students and a facilitator gather to read and respond to a book. We take responsibility for contributing a different thinking task, or "job", rotating through all the roles. We talk about the events of the book, the characters, the author's craft, and our own personal experiences as they relate to the story. The literature circle is a wonderful way for students to engage in critical thinking as they reflect, read, discuss, and respond to books. Students learn to prepare and use notes to guide their discussion. Students add on to their own understanding as they construct meaning with other readers. Finally, the literature circle guides students to a much deeper understanding of what they have read by responding not only verbally and artistically, but through the written word. Each student prepares a "job" each week as we discuss the current book. Some of the jobs include: word finder, connector, travel tracer, correspondent, and figurative language finder. We also work on writing projects as we expand our understanding of the text. Please be aware this class involves homework and reading/writing outside of class. Great care is taken in choosing quality literature for this class. Ultimately, you, the parent, are the expert on your own child. Please review all titles to make sure these books are ones you think are a good fit for your own child.

Component IV book:Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people--her teachers and doctors included--don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write.

Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind--that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you'll never, ever forget. (From

Grade Range: 5 - 9

Additional Information

There is a $5 materials fee per student that will be collected on the first day of class.

Please bring the following supplies to every class:
• 3 prong pocket folder
• various pens and pencils
• set of colored pencils or markers
• spiral notebook

Students are responsible for providing their own books.
Books are readily available at the library, local bookstores, or online at

Age Range:  9  -  16


Class not yet open to registrations