Literature Circles

In the Balanced Literacy Classroom

May 24, 2017 / San Antonio, TX

Igniting a Passion for Reading!

During this seminar, you will experience and plan for effective, student-led small group discussions about texts they have read or listened to independently. Learn how to establish literature and inquiry circles and how to get your students to self-select texts and prepare for discussions through writing. Want to keep your students reading all summer long? We will explore technology tools that your students will love to use to share their summer reading life. You will walk away with ideas for implementation, text suggestions, and ways to help your students practice critical reading strategies!

Who Should Attend?

Specifically designed for educators in grades 2-8, ELAR teachers, Special Education Staff, Resource Teachers, Title I Staff, Reading Interventionists, Campus Instructional Coaches, Administrators, Summer School Teachers and any Educators working with students in the area of ELAR.

Topics Covered

  • Student-led Discussion Groups in a Balanced Literacy Program
  • Literature Circle Essentials
  • Providing "Just Right" Texts for Student Choices
  • Integrating Comprehension Strategy Practice
  • Ways to Help Develop Student Autonomy in Critical Thinking
  • Using the The Gradual Release of Responsibility to Establish Independent Reading Behaviors
  • How to Start with Literature Circle Roles
  • Accountable Discussion Tips
  • Teaching Social Skills through Participation in Discussion Groups
  • Listening and Speaking Skills
  • Motivation Strategies
  • Preparing for Discussions through Drawing and Writing
  • Fluency Practice Ideas
  • How to Create a Summer Reading Program
  • Using Technology Tools to Respond to Reading
  • Setting Up Virtual Discussion Groups using a Secure Online Reading Discussion Platform
  • Authentic Text Suggestions
  • Real Classroom Examples
  • Author Studies
  • And Much More!!!

Meet the Presenters

Kelly Harmon is a national presenter & author who has more than 26 years of experience working with at-risk students. She presents on a wide range of topics including RTI, technology, reading, writing, and strategies for highly effective teachers. Ms. Harmon works as an instructional coach for schools and districts across the United States. In addition to consulting, she also works with the Bureau of Education and Research, as well as Learning Sciences Marzano Center.

Randi Anderson is an elementary educator, blogger, and staff developer. She taught third and fourth grade at Title I schools in the Fort Worth area. Before entering the classroom, Randi studied early childhood education and English as a second language at The University of Texas at Austin. Reading comprehension is her Jam! She has a passion for making learning authentic, engaging, and rigorous for all. Ms. Anderson has been presenting for Kelly Harmon & Associates for three years.

Registration Information


$225 per participant

10% discount for groups booking 4 or more!

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"Three thumbs up! Loved all your ideas. You two are an awesome team!" -Olga G.

"Very meaningful seminar! Being able to apply a hands on approach where students are able to take ownership in their learning across the content is great!" -Corina G.

"Best one yet! Loved it! Great resources & strategies!" - Lindsay T.

"High energy, interesting presentation! Very useful information and materials!" Luis P.

Literature Circles & Summer Reading Workshop

Wednesday, May 24th, 8:30am

San Antonio, TX, United States

San Antonio, TX

Registration Begins at 8:00am

Morning Session: 8:30am-11:30am

Lunch on your own

Afternoon Session: 12:30pm-3:30pm


Wifi is provided

We encourage you to bring an iPad or laptop.

6 Hours of Professional Development

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Check Out Kelly Harmon's Book!

Kelly Harmon & Robert Marzano teamed up to write Practicing Skills, Strategies, & Processes. The book is part of the Essentials for Achieving Rigor Series.

Practicing Skills, Strategies, & Processes: Classroom Techniques to Help Students Develop Proficiency explores explicit techniques for mastering this crucial strategy of instructional practice. It includes:

  • Explicit steps for implementation
  • Recommendations for monitoring students’ ability to develop fluent thinking
  • Adaptations for students who struggle, have special needs, or excel in learning
  • Examples and non-examples from classroom practice
  • Common mistakes and ways to avoid them

For more information click here!

Kelly Harmon & Associates, LLC

Kelly Harmon & Associates began in 2001 with a mission of instructional coaching and providing rich literacy resources for educators and parents. Our work incorporates research-based best practices for teaching and learning. Our services are professional development, curriculum development, instructional coaching, grant writing, project management, and technology integration.