The other day I found a beautiful quote about reading, written by Anna Quindlen: “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” If you are someone who truly understands the importance for developing a love of reading, or if you are an avid reader yourself, you will agree with Anna Quindlen’s quote. Books do become home for a lot of us who like to wander on the roads of words. They have the answers to all our questions. And we at Avasara, want to transfer this love of reading to our students through literature circles.
All the three learning groups in 8th standard have started reading books and had their first Literature Circle. Two groups are reading The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond, and one of the groups is reading The Victory Song by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. The girls are practicing different reading skills through these. After they finish reading one chapter, independently or with their partners, they come together for the Literature Circle. This is the most exciting time for the students during their English lessons. Here, the students start with summarising what they have read, they share their connections with the story and then they discuss some of the themes or characters they have come across in the Chapter.
Literature circles have enabled the girls to start appreciating literature and think beyond what is written in the text. This is an opportunity for each one of them to share their thoughts about the book and learn to respect other people’s thoughts and opinions. We are only hoping that through these literature circles, the girls develop a deeper understanding and love for literature.