Many questions held me back such as.....what would it look like? How would they be graded?
I did what many teachers do and I searched other teacher blogs and websites to see if it had been done before. I have another teacher friend who told me she had done it before in her classroom as well. That was what I needed to hear to motivate me to follow my instinct. It has been done...it can be done....it will be done.
I got to work setting up the expectations in my mind.
I decided that students would use their own personal blogs to write their thoughts. I then thought that in a true literature circle students share and collaborate. Then came the idea that commenting on other students blog posts was a must!
Here is what I developed for expectations and rubric. Feel free to adapt for your own. You will notice there are no "official roles". For the first time through I wanted each student to post, comment and make a connection.
|Digital Literature Circle Rubric|
|Back Side Expectations|
|Digital Literature Circles Expectations|
The students loved it! They were typing away. I have a couple of reluctant writers in my room and they were writing away. They were thrilled. I am excited to see what comments they come up with.
What do you think?