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Getting Started With Common Core Literature Circles

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
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140 pages
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  1. Important Note: If you have purchased the How To Launch Common Core Literature Circles program, you have already purchased many of the materials included in this bundle. Please click here to be redirected to the The BFG Common Core Literature Circle Guide which includes the daily job slides, nove
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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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140 pages
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.
Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.
Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.
Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., photograph, photosynthesis).


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