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Workshop: Leading Literature Groups, Grades 3-5



Date: February 12, 2015
Time: 8:45-12:00
Where: Bay School of San Francisco (map)

Fee: $175 for participants from member schools; $250 non-members;


Leading Literature Groups, Grades 3-5

As students move through the elementary grades how can we use literature circles to help them talk deeply about books including non-fiction and set texts? How can we move beyond teaching skills to instruction in comprehension and conversation?

This workshop teaches strategies for leading students to think critically about literature, to make inferences, and to connect their reading to personal experiences and the world around them. The techniques discussed can also be used with a view to incorporating discussions into the Social Studies curriculum. You will learn procedures for establishing literature circles and sustaining them including setting expectations for discussions, guided practice, discussion immersion, and how to assess the students in the groups. You will leave with a series of lessons, ideas and examples you will be able to use in your classroom the very next day.

This workshop is recommended for teachers grades 3 through 5, administrators in charge of academic programs, and curriculum developers.


Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy is the Primary School Director at Marin Primary and Middle School. She has worked for a number of years in the area of literary research, specifically in “Teacher Talk”, how teachers facilitate comprehension through conversation.
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