By Page by Page, LLC
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
This app allows groups to set up and manage Literature Circles on iPads. In Literature Circles two to four members read the same book. The book is divided into reading sessions. During each session each member takes on one of eight roles as they read that sessions assignment. Each group determines ahead of time who is to be the Director. The Director is the only member who takes on two roles and remains the Director in each session with that book. The Director sets up each groups' Lit Circle within the app and then determines the order in which members contribute to the book's discussion. Other members may be the Word Hunter, looking for and recording interesting words, or the Questioner, recording questions the reader has about the reading. The other roles are the Connector, Predictor, Illustrator, Tracker and Summarizer.
After reading the session assignment and completing their observations according to their role, the group members meet and discuss their findings. During the consecutive sessions members should change roles so that during the reading of the entire book each member has done each role at least once. This approach ensures that students read the material, become actively engaged in the reading, and learn and practice the skills needed to dive deeply into the text. The Director keeps his or her role throughout the reading.
The Lit Circle approach may be used with fiction, nonfiction, films or even presentations. It can be used by third graders through adult book groups and by younger students when guided by an adult or older student.
The app directly addresses Common Core Standards for asking and answering questions and vocabulary comprehension. Also covers summarizing, connecting to text, predicting and understanding text to graphics.
- Does not contain third party ads
- Does not contain in-app purchases
- Does not contain integration with social networks
- Does not use third party analytics /data collection tools
- Does require Internet connection to work properly
What's New in Version 1.2
A very generic and simplistic way to use literature circles. Lacks depth and creativity. Unless there are major changes your students will get much more out of traditional literature circles. Also, way too dependent on roles.