What is a Literature Circle?
A literature circle is a small group of students that are reading the same book. Literature circles is like a mini book club.
How does a Literature Circle group work?
Groups meet regularly to discuss the part of the book they have agreed to read up to. Each student has a different role in these discussions and they take turns to share their completed tasks which have been completed in their Lit Circles book. These roles rotate each session. Each session is led by ‘Discussion Director’ who prepares questions to promote comprehension of the text and guides discussion. Every group member must make a short summary about the section they have read and a prediction about will will happen next. This is to be completed as a comment on their group’s page on the grade blog.
Here is an example of a quality comment:
Dear Miss Galtieri,
Here is my summary for the first ten pages of ‘Out of my Mind’. A girl name Melody is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, she is unable to walk and communicate with others, however she is extremely smart. She goes to Spaulding Street Elementary School. She is trying out for the quiz team. I predict that Melody makes the quiz team because she is very intelligent.
I would expect that your summary is more detailed than the one above. Don’t forget to explain your reasoning for your prediction.
When the group completes their text they prepare a Showcase to present their reading journey to the whole class. In the past, students have celebrated their text creating an advertisement for the book or giving a multimedia presentation on their iPad…the sky is the limit! How will you celebrate the text?
Literature Circle roles Posters
Below are the literature circle role posters – if you need to know more information about what your role involves, this is the link to click on!
Literature Circle TEMPLATES
Below are templates you can use to help you complete your role – these are a guide only, you don’t have to set out your work like this.
DISCUSSION DIRECTOR ASSESSMENT RUBRIC
Below is the rubric your Discussion Director will use to assess your work – have a look at the working at and working above area, this is what you are working towards.