Getting Started With Common Core Literature Circles

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Using this program in your classroom on a regular basis will ensure your students receive routine practice with reading literature, and vocabulary acquisition & use standards.

Literature circles are a wonderful way to exercise student reading comprehension skills, writing skills, and speaking skills while reading a novel as a whole class. Literature circles also boost confidence, creativity and collaboration among students when implemented effectively.

When implementing this resource, high engagement is maintained as students are expected to complete a different job each day of the week and have the option to complete enrichment projects if they produce a high-quality product before share out time. Every day, students have the opportunity to share and display their hard work and deep thinking as they attempt to challenge their classmates during share out time.

Differentiation is a breeze with this system as all jobs and enrichment projects lead students to demonstrate their unique skills and knowledge. Although this program is designed specifically for third and fourth grade classes, it can certainly be used in second (end of year) and fifth grade classes as well.


Quick Start Guide: a sixteen page guide for teachers that details the following:
★ Overview of Launching Literature Circles Program
★ Third and fourth grade CCSS alignment breakdown
★ An outline of how to start literature circles in your class
★ Literature Circle Group Goal Sheet Printable
★ Literature Circle Book Checkout Sheet Printable
★ Literature Circle Student Check-In Schedule Printable
★ Literature Circle Projects Choice Menu Printable

Launching Literature Circles PowerPoint: a detailed 74 slide presentation that helps you use the book Freckle Juice by Judy Blume to launch literature circles in your classroom. Each slide guides you and your students through the literature circle training process to maximize student understanding and independence.

Student Printables: these printable tools will be used by your students daily as they record their reading responses in preparation for their literature circle share out.
★ Literature Circle Log Printable (18 pages)
★ Literature Circle Notebook Printable (8 task cards and cover to cut & paste)
★ Literature Circle Job Posters Printables (7 posters)

Blank/Customizable Literature Circles PPT Template: once literature circle training is complete, this 16 slide editable template will allow you to create your own literature circle slides to align with the book of your choice.


If you already have lit circles up and running in your classroom and are simply looking for tools to optimize your lit circles for common core, you may be interested in the following products.

Literature Circles Job Posters
Literature Circles Student Notebook
Literature Circles Student Log
The BFG Common Core Literature Circle Guide

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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