WWI War Hero: Sergeant Alvin York
What is a Literature Circle?Alvin York and mother.jpg
Literature circles are small groups of students who gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth, in this case, a primary source from a 1919 magazine. The discussion is guided by students' response to what they have read. Literature circles provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books. Collaboration is at the heart of this approach. Students reshape and add onto their understanding as they construct meaning with other readers. Finally, literature circles guide students to deeper understanding of what they read through structured discussion and extended written and artistic response (Noe and Johnson 1999). It may help you to think of a literature circle as a “mini” Socratic Seminar.
Alvin C. York Article.docx





The Process:

Read the above article, take notes, and be prepared to discuss your findings with your group in a full period discussion. You will be assigned a specific role to help with your examination of the article. Click on each role title to find out more about your perspective.

I. Selecting Roles:

II. Preparation for Discussion Day:

All preparation for discussion will be done using Google Docs (linked from each of the above pages). You will be responsible for entering your own information, but you will also be able to see and comment on your peer's preparation in other groups. For example, if you are Discussion Director, you will be putting your notes on the same document as all other Discussion Directors. You are expected to review and make at LEAST TWO COMMENTS on the notes of your peer Discussion Directors. This will help you prepare COLLABORATIVELY for discussion day.

III. Discussion Day

Discussion day will involve a full group discussion about the reading, with each group member presenting information from their assigned perspective. The discussion director will start the discussion and keep it moving, but it is very important that the discussion flows NATURALLY. This means, it shouldn't be "one person presents their part, then the next person presents, etc." The discussion should FLOW, meaning that if you have something that connects, supports, enhances something someone says, then add it to the conversation! For example, if you are the Videographer and you have a photo of something the Historian brings up, then SHOW IT and add to their discussion about the topic. If you are the Vocab Illuminator and one of your words helps to expand an idea that the Propagandist proposes, then SHARE IT!

Preparation and Participation Assessment

Complete a peer evaluation for each group member:
Period 6 Peer Evaluation
Period 8 Peer Evaluation
Period 9 Peer Evaluation