Literature Circles History

When I think of literature circles, I think of an English classroom; reading a fiction book, or even reading a nonfiction book. I had never thought about literature circles used outside of an English classroom. To start with, a literature circle is a group of students gathered to discuss a piece of literature in depth. They are guided by student’s responses to the reading. The students have different responsibilities which are guided by the assigned role sheets. Literature circles are very beneficial to students. They get students interested in reading and they grant students with autonomy. They also help students have in depth discussions for smaller parts of the text or book. Lastly, students gain more of an understanding of the text.

This semester in my EDU 450 course, we participated in a literature circle where we used our text book. I found this to be so beneficial, it allowed us to understand in depth on how a literature circle works. When you participate in something you really gain a greater understanding of that subject. I will soon be a History or Social Studies teacher, so I began to look into ways to use literature circles in History.

I decided look at way to use a history textbook for the text. Depending on what type of textbook is used, we should be aware of the vocabulary within the text. If the textbook has difficult vocabulary, you as a teacher could decide if you wanted the students to read the text at home before the meet with their group or with their group. If the students read together as a group, they can help each other with vocabulary words. Making accommodations for each chapter and the roles sheets can be helpful for students. Chapters within a History text can cover a wide range of topics, making sure the role sheets benefit the chapter and further the students understanding. Building upon each chapter is essential to History, having the students build upon pervious chapters and building on their knowledge with connect the topics in history together.

One of my favorite role sheets is the connector. There are many ways students can connect the text to things. Having the students make connections allows them to have a greater understanding of the text and remember what they read better. Have the students connect to pervious historical events; or similar events in history. They could connect to things from their lives, other text, other classes, something they saw on the news, and much more. Having the students find a fascinating fact and having them connect. It is a fun way to have the students build upon things they find interesting. Literature circles can be useful in history classrooms and can be very beneficial for the students.


Blogging; The Word I Fear

All semester I have been thinking about what I should write my blog post about. As I began to think about writing, I became scared of writing a post. My hands became sweaty, I became nervous. My head begins to fill up with thoughts. Will my post make sense? Is my comma in the right spot? Is that the word I want to use? Will people like what I’m saying? I’ve thought about writing so many things but have shot them all down sooner than I could really form ideas about what to say. I am so scared of writing on the internet that while I do have Facebook, I have yet to make a Facebook status. Facebook posting comes with fear as well, many of the similar fears that came up when I began to think about blogging.  

The fear to write a blog is something I struggle with. Why would writing something make me so scared and paranoid. I write all the time for my classes. The thing that makes this so different is I cannot control who sees it. Writing isn’t something I find easy. Writing is my weakest subject, I am very insecure about my writing. The idea of taking something I am insecure about and publishing it for all to see is terrifying.

So here I am making my first blog post. Did I overcome my fear? Not really; but I had no choice, I either make the post or lose points. I did however; become slightly more okay with the idea of posting. Before I made my post, I spent some time on google learning about blogging and reading about others who have the same fear I have. A lot of websites talk about blogging about subjects you are confident on or know a lot about. What better thing to write my post about than something I know so much about; the fear of blogging.

The fear of blogging is very real and many people struggle with it, it is something that will take time to fully conquer. Taking the leap and going out and finally making a post is my first step at overcoming my fear. Over time, I may be a confident blogger, but time will only tell us if I will be a confident bloggerblog