I have 5 different reading groups in my Fourth grade classroom. When my groups are not reading with me, they lead their own literature circle.
This 14-page set includes literature circle posters (8), student tasks (8), and monitoring checklist (1) in MS Word for your convenience. It works well for student centers, independent practice, or for teacher directed reading.
What is a Literature Circle?
1. Students choose their own reading materials
2. Small temporary groups are formed, based upon book choice
3. Different groups read different books
4. Groups meet on a regular, predictable schedule to discuss their reading
5. Kids use written or drawn notes to guide both their reading and discussion (attached in packet)
6. Discussion topics come from the students
7. Group meetings aim to be open, natural conversations about books, so personal connections, digressions, and open-ended questions are welcome
8. In newly-forming groups, students may play a rotating assortment of task roles (attached in packet)
9. The teacher serves as a facilitator or a group member or instructor
10. Evaluation is by teacher observation and student self-evaluation