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Use this literature circle guide to plan and implement literature circles... tomorrow! Super easy to use. All you need is a book (any book will work with this guide- fiction or nonfiction). You can use this same framework over and over again with each new book your students read as a class, in a small group, or you could even use these worksheets for independent practice. Rubrics, planning sheets, and student worksheets are all included. Your students will love the opportunity to discuss and share their thoughts on what they are reading!
The framework creates a space for students to meet at least 4 times throughout the course of their novel. Through the practice the framework provides, your students will be writing open-ended discussion questions; forming text-to-self, text-to-world, and text-to-media connections; analyzing figurative language, author word choice, and unknown words/phrases; and illustrating a movie that they made in their mind while reading!
At each meeting, the students take turns completing and leading the group discussions. There are 4 different roles. For groups larger than 4, you can just select a role to repeat (for example, maybe you always have 2 connectors in each group). The role worksheets provide in-depth instructions and guides for students to prepare for their literature circle discussion.
A few tips for running your literature circles:
For more tips and tricks on running literature circles check out readandwritelikeitmatters.com :)