I made this movie last year to explain to parents what was going on in class. Sometimes, actually letting parents see what we are doing is so much more powerful than writing about it.
It took a little extra effort to make this than to compose a letter, but not too much more. Give it a try! Jump in, the water's warm.
Also, the video explains the powerful learning practice of Literature Circles, first invented in the early 80's, but became more well known by the mid-90's. If you want to promote active learning in a lower or middle school reading or social studies program, give literature circles a try.
For more information about Lit Circles, click here to see the book I used to help set them up.
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