Eighth Graders at Saints Cyril and Methodius School in Deer Park
have ample opportunity to flex their creative muscles while developing
team-building skills and learning to work cooperatively within a group.
Mrs. Judy Keeler, veteran SSCM Middle School teacher uses a
student-centered reading strategy called Literature Circles. Student
teams work together to select a book that they will read and then each
student takes on a specific role in the “Lit Circle”, allowing the group
to work together to analyze the story line and present their take on
the piece of literature they’ve read.
Mrs. Keeler introduces the
concepts to the students as 7th graders and as they become more
experienced in this highly interactive and collaborative method of
bringing literature to life, the students’ presentations surely gain
momentum. Their sometimes heated debates and active involvement in
showcasing the story line for their fellow students are clear evidence
of how engaged these young adults are in the reading process, something
often lacking in Middle School students today.
SSCM’s Lit Circles
allow young minds to think analytically about the works they are
reading. Further, for these students preparing to make their way to
high school within the coming year, the process also allows them to take
responsibility for their own learning and take ownership of the
outcomes of their study habits and collaborative work — life skills they
will take with them for the long haul.
See photos of the SSCM's Literature Circles in action here