Building Literature Circles
is a comprehensive book, with general information as well as an in-depth look at actual classroom experiences and teacher-tested suggestions. Section One discusses the "What, Who, When, Where, Why and How" of Literature Circles. General information about planning, training, getting started, managing the Literature Circle classroom, evaluation and grading is presented in this section of the book. Section Two reveals the anatomy of the Buck-Aydelott Model for a Literature Circle. It discusses details about its operation, management, discipline, and evaluation. The authors offer strategies for organizing and conducting Literature Circles. Section Three provides end-of-book group project ideas, independent book extension ideas and reader response exercises that are generic in nature and can be used with any books chosen for Literature Circles. Section Four contains reproducibles for evaluations and reflections, roles, record keeping, graphic organizers and patterns. Section Five offers a booklist.