Literature Circles: Book Clubs for Primary Grades | Distance Learning

Jillian Starr
Grade Levels
1st - 4th
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Literature Circles Adapted for Primary Grades: Literature Circles are an effective and engaging way to get students invested in reading and they align perfectly with the Common Core State Standards for Speaking and Listening!

NEW DIGITAL UPDATE: This resource now includes a digital version with pre-made slides in Google Drive™ as well as image slides to use for different digital platforms. (I do not recommend the digital version for first graders.)

I like to think of Literature Circles as a structured book group. After explicit modeling, these groups can become independent. Each student takes on a role that rotates with each meeting. These roles include discussion director, illustrator, word wizard, connector, summarizer and passage picker.

Be sure to check out this blog post to learn how to introduce this resource to your students:


Digital Version Pre-made in Google Slides:

This includes all 6 Literature Circle Role Pages and the Student Reflection/Rubric

6 Role Pages (1 for each of the 6 roles)

These support the structure and routines of Literature Circles, as well as to provide evidence of the discussion for teachers.

6 Table Tents:

One side of the tent faces out to the group signifying their role. The backside is a “cheat sheet” of their role and responsibilities.

Student Reflection/Rubric

This "Group Check-In" page acts as a rubric, and allows students to reflect on how the group performed.

Rules for Literature Circles:

This provides a common understanding of expectations for students. These agreed upon rules are introduced prior to starting Literature Circles, and revisited with each meeting.


An introduction to Literature Circles and a list of the Common Core State Standards this product aligns with (Grades 1-4).

All Role Pages & Reflection Slides

I have included PNG files of all role pages and the reflection/rubric so you can use these in Seesaw, OneDrive and other platforms as well!

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© Jillian Starr 2013

This product is intended for personal use in one classroom only. For use in multiple classrooms, please purchase additional licenses.

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17 pages
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Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).


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