This is a Book Club and Literature Circle Reading Pack. It includes everything you need to set up either book clubs or literature circles in your classroom. This pack is something that I have created over time from my experience teaching in the classroom and hope it will be something that you find useful as well!
I have included pdfs of all the files and all the working files as well so you can edit them to your liking (except for the cards explaining the roles, which are images).
Here is a list of what is included (please see sample too):
Book Clubs (These are based around big ideas that are discussed in groups with a discussion director):
1. A book tasting sheet, where students sampled various books and record their opinions about the books based on interest and difficulty. From that, we created groups, sometimes in mixed ability levels.
2. Book club lesson sheets, which have questions and activities based on different topics to support the groups. The topics include:
- Beginning thoughts…
- The Setting
- The Main Character(s)
- The Supporting Character(s)
- Comparing / Contrasting Characters
- Text to Self Connections
- Text to Text Connections
- Text to World Connections
- How the Characters Changed
- The Main Events
- The Message / Theme
3. Question starters, which can be put on to sticks as a different and more open-ended way to have a discussion. Questions such as: What might happen if…, Suppose that…, or If you were…
4. Book club bookmarks to record dates met and pages read. Works well if printed on a colored card stock.
Literature Circles (These sheets are based around having students in different roles during book discussions)
1. Cards explaining the different roles (Predictor, Clarifier, Summarizer, Questioner & Leader) for students to use when reading.
2. Meeting sheets for each role (Predictor, Clarifier, Summarizer, Questioner & Leader) with specific questions to guide students so they can learn to work independently.
3. Observation sheets for the teacher and student rotation sheets for the groups to organize and decide who will take on which role each week. Students work together in their groups to create their own table, rotating the roles.
4. In addition, there is a rubric, which can be used when reading with and by the students to help them improve in their roles. In addition it includes a student peer assessment based on the rubric as well.