In the first photo, some students in Mrs. Heavener's Reading/Language Arts class enjoy a Literature Circle. A Literature Circle is very similar to a book club, except it is much more structured. A teacher provides guidance and facilitates discussion, but the thinking is entirely dependent upon the students. This level of thinking helps students to become better consumers of reading materials,
In the second photo, students in Ms. Gillis' class enjoy some IDR. IDR is independent reading, but is not just free reading. In IDR, students read a text on their level and in which they have interest. Their teacher will meet with students individually to see what they are reading, ask questions about the student's comprehension, and look for feedback from the student for future IDR selections.
Photo Cred for Image 1: Mrs. Heavener
Photo Cred for Image 2: Ms. Gillis