Getting started with literature circles


Implement literature circles in your classroom with the help of this không lấy phí phối of resources.

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This is another không tính phí resource for teachers from The Curriculum Corner.

When planning khổng lồ begin literature circles in your classroom, it is helpful lớn have a collection of resources khổng lồ get you started.

This không tính tiền assortment will make the process of starting lit circles easier for you.

Do you have sầu suggestions for additions? We would love for you lớn cốt truyện your ideas below!

You can download the complete, không lấy phí collection by clicking on the bold, purple words at thebottom of this post.


Included in the literature circle tải về are the following pages:

Literature Circle Planning Page Designed for the teacher. This page is a page you can use to divide students into their groups, record the book và other notes.

Guidelines Anchor Chart Includes guidelines for your class lớn follow when meeting with their groups. It is important for this anchor chart khổng lồ be a part of classroom discussion so that students understand the expectations. Even better, use the blank one we have sầu provided và work with your students khổng lồ create your own class set of guidelines.

Literature Circle Jobs Cards These four cards give sầu the name of each position and describe what is expected. It is important for the teacher to lớn Model each job before children persize each task on their own.

Discussion Cards These can be used by the discussion director or in other ways as needed. Includes 12 questions designed to lớn get students thinking about their reading.

Literature Circle Guide Cover Page This can be used if you plan on putting the student pages inlớn a booklet.

Introduction A place for students khổng lồ record their group members, book title and other important information.

Literature Circle Reading Plan Students record the dates they will be meeting và break the book into lớn sections.

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Discussion Director The director plans the meeting by recording five svào questions for the reading.

Word Wizard The wizard records five sầu words or phrases along with the meaning lớn prepare for the group discussion.

Connector The connector records what happened in the book and then shares the connections made.

Super Summarizer There are two different pages the teacher (or summarizer) can choose between.

Group Notes You might choose to have sầu one student (the summarizer or director) complete this page after each meeting. Or, you might have each student complete during each meeting for practice with note taking skills.

Making Connections A page where students can record a connection for the book.

Visualizing A simple page for students to lớn tóm tắt what they read and then illustrate their thoughts.

Exit Tickets There are two different styles designed khổng lồ have sầu students reflect on their performance. These might be used when you need to work to lớn get your students bachồng on track. We suggest following this task with a small group or whole group discussion.

Story Map

Character Traits

Job descriptions Not all teachers who use a literature circle approach choose khổng lồ assign roles. Depending on your classroom dynamics, assigning roles can lead khổng lồ students feeling like their only job is the assigned task. Some students focus only on their job & withdraw, not contributing to lớn group discussions. If you are concerned this will happen in your classroom, you may choose to lớn assign group tasks as opposed khổng lồ individual roles and tasks.

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You can tải về the resourceshere:

Lit Circle Planning và Student Booklet Pages


These posts might also include information to lớn help with your reading workshop:

Preparing Your Reading Workshop

Cthảm bại Reading: Focus on Process This post includes information on using think marks while reading. Think marks might be a useful tool for your students to lớn use when preparing for their literature circle discussions.

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