Community of learning and practice 2
A dialogic literary gathering is a reading activity for the whole class. The children read a classic text, such as The Odyssey, at home, and come to school having chosen one idea from the text to share with their classmates. Through dialogue chaired by a moderator (usually the teacher), they co-construct the meaning of the text, and discuss its relevance for their lives today.
Resources for implementation
Access to classic literature texts (books, e-books, photocopies etc.). Thus, Dialogic Literary Gatherings do not imply additional costs for schools, neither for students, because they use resources already available in the educational community (family, community members and the students themselves) to enhance all students’ learning.
Dialogic reading (reading mediated by varying voices, experiences, and cultures, that changes from an individual to a collective experience) generates an understanding of a text which can never occur reading alone.
De Botton, L., Girbes, S., Ruiz, L., & Tellado, I. (2014). Moroccan mothers’ involvement in dialogic literary gatherings in a Catalan urban primary school: Increasing educative interactions and improving learning. Improving Schools, 17(3),
- Report on pilot experience 1
- Report on pilot experience 2