Literacy Circles is a program that all students in 5/6 participate in, and is used to encourage learners to really think about the book that they are reading. During the 6 weeks that we were given, each class had been split into groups. We worked on a singular book throughout this time and discussed our thoughts, relations and predictions on it each week. My group read ‘What do you think Feezal?’ by Elizabeth Honey. The book was about a small girl who had an extroadinary admiration for dogs and was not very well looked after by her oddball of a mother and hard worker for a father. I took up the role as connector. My role each week was to think of three connections and share them with the rest of the group. The other roles in the group were Discussion Director (the leader and heart of the group), the Passage Master (someone who picks out a few passages that they found interesting or surprising in the book), the Tally Master (the person who takes care of who has or has not completed the required homework listed by the Discussion Director), the Captain or Contessa of Comprehension (the person who asks Question-Answer-Relationship Questions about the book), and the Word Watcher (similar to the passage master, they pick out certain parts of the book that they found interesting or surprising although in this case they only pick out a singular word or phrase).
At the end of our Literacy Circles program, everyone creates a presentation on the book. Usually, most people would go with a play but this year, the teachers decided to get everyone to do something a little bit different… This year, all of the groups had to create a podcast on their book. No visuals. Just audio. First of all, our group started brainstorming some ideas for the podcast. After we had done that we started writing the script which included some interesting and exciting words. Then we started our recordings. Once that was complete, my friend Tom and I started to edit the podcast by deleting and placing different parts of the recording. We then went online and started looking for intro music. Them after all that we had to add a whole lot more of information into our recording. After all this, we had finished our podcast. We had a few troublesome problems and obstacles along the way, but nothing could stop us from finishing the task.
Click below to hear our podcast!