As part of their English program, Year 5 students are currently undertaking their first Literature Circles activity. The books relate mostly to the period of Australian history that the boys are learning about in History. This strong correlation of the two subject areas allows the boys to immerse themselves in the time frame more thoroughly than would be possible if restricted to History lessons only. The books allow the boys to really experience the time period as they follow the stories of their characters living in early colonial Australia.
As the weeks progress, each boys will prepare a role sheet to bring to the discussion. Class time is devoted to the sharing of ideas about the book and learning from each other. This is also a great opportunity for the class teachers and teacher librarian to collaborate.