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Literature circles are so promising. Giving students choice really helps inspire them to read. At the same time, traditional literature circles are prone to draaaaag. Students aren't always prepared to dive in and lead their own discussion, even when assigned to the classic literature circles roles. It's no fun racing from group to group, trying to inspire good conversation with your teacherly presence.
That's why this literature circles unit for older kids skips the roles and the awkward silences.
Instead, you'll have six meeting days' worth of creative activities for your students to work on in their groups. They'll get choice over their books and creative ways to respond to them, and you'll get peace of mind during your literature circles unit. Finally.
Inside, you'll find...
Check out the preview video for a quick tour through all twenty-five pages you'll find inside.
I've also included some booklists to get you started brainstorming titles to group together for literature circles. If you're worried about gathering enough books for your students, check out this blog post I wrote about getting started successfully with Donors Choose. Many teachers get book sets funded through this awesome organization.
Questions? I've got answers! Shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll try to help.
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