Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses: A Unique Approach to Literature Circles, Grades 2-5

The English Language Arts curriculum celebrates creativity, the joy of engaging with stories, playing with language, and working with a variety of texts. What if, in a literature circle format, students were invited to self-select, read and respond to a set of differentiated texts, while playing with concepts and big ideas that live across the curriculum? Inspired by Faye Brownlie’s Grand Conversations, ideas will be shared for how we can invite our Grades 2-5 learners to become active, independent, and thoughtful readers in a literature circle format. 

Target Audience

Elementary Primary


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This session is full.


  • Briana Adams

    Briana Adams is a K-7 Teacher Consultant for Literacy. She has taught in both French Immersion and English classrooms and is passionate about having a pedagogy of play and creating inclusive and supportive communities of learners. 

  • Jessica Eguia

    Jessica Eguia is a K-7 Curriculum Teacher Consultant for the Richmond School District's Learning Services. She is curious about designing a holistic curriculum, one that is inclusive, engaging, and culturally responsive to children and families.