Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 90%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (17) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $5.00   
  • Used (15) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

1995 Trade paperback Abridged. New. No dust jacket as issued. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 168 p. Audience: Children/juvenile.

Ships from: Bohemia, NY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:


Condition: New

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


"Because all they've got is a skeleton. They don't have a heart and a brain or anything."—Sean, a student in Gail Whang's classroom

Sean is talking about reading textbooks. Like too many students, his experiences of school reading have been confined to the excerpted and abridged stories that often appear in reading texts. Even in an era when literature-based reading instruction is becoming more popular, turning children on to books does not appear to be happening. Katharine and Gail show how they changed this trend in Gail's fifth/sixth grade classroom.

Gail's students are considered "at-risk" because they are nonnative English speakers and/or come from low-income homes. And like many inner-city teachers in similar situations, Gail realized her language arts program was not working. As bored and discouraged as her students, she explored alternatives to traditional methods and began to use literature study circles (LSCs) to engage students,and help them develop their abilities to think and talk about issues in their lives.

A thoroughly practical book, Literature Study Circles:

  • Helps teachers move from curriculum-centered to learner-centered teaching;
  • Provides sample documents used in LSCs and examples of students' written responses to books;
  • Includes bibliographies of popular fifth/sixth grade literature; lists of African American, Asian American, Native American, and Latino authors; and professional readings on LSCs.

Literature Study Circles will appeal to all teachers who want to implement a literature-based curriculum. As a text for preservice teachers, the book will be applicable in language arts and reading courses.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Language Arts
Literature Study Circles in a Multicultural Classroom, by Katherine Davies Samway and Gail Whang, is a concise account of how to set up a literature circle in the classroom, explaining in detail the important components of any effort. Many ideas on how to get started are discussed.

The authors stress the role of the teacher as an active listener in the literature circle. By listening carefully to the student-initiated discussions, the teacher can determine the appropriate assignment for the group. Minilessons are conducted based on the student needs observed by the teacher.

This book provides many valuable resources to aid teachers in the implementation of literature study circles. A rich array of ideas for how to obtain books is presented including book club orders, PTA assistance, or grant support, and the book includes appendices listing popular authors and books for fifth and sixth grades, including multicultural selections. In keeping with the practical quality of the presentation, classroom management suggestions are presented throughout.

Several of our reviewers commented that Literature Study Circles would be a valuable resource for establishing a book discussion program in their classroom. The book helped them realize the significance of student choice, and the bibliography was useful for literature selection. We found the student-centered activities to be sound and applicable to any age group of students. Literature Study Circles in a Multicultural Classroom will be an excellent resource for teachers who seek to guide children's exploration of the power of literature.

Rethinking Schools
A useful description of the use of literature circles in 5th/6th grades with a specific emphasis on multicultural literature.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571100184
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)