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Literature Circles Kit (Common Core-aligned) for upper grades: 70 PAGES!

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This file includes everything you need to organize your students’ materials for successful Literature Circles instruction: posters detailing each role, rules to use with each group, bookmarks for good readers, colored task cards with Bloom’s Taxonomy question stems, gray-scaled task cards aligned with Common Core English/Language Arts (Reading) standards, binder covers, handouts to use for each role, an additional assortment of graphic organizers and extension projects, and a "Work Space" page to be copied as needed.

Directions (for the teacher): Assign weekly reading and allocate roles to each of your students. They will rotate roles the following week. During meetings, act as the facilitator by allowing students to share their completed assignments and analyze their text. They will use task cards to guide their discussion. Utilize the additional graphic organizers and extension activities as extra assignments for all students or just early finishers.

This 70-page kit is jam-packed with the following goodies:
• Page 1: Cover Page
• Page 2: Instructions
• Page 3: Lesson Plans
• Pages 4-10: Posters with descriptions of each role (Storyline Summarizer, Vocabulary Detective, Character Developer, Text Connector, Reporter, Questioner, and Artist)
• Pages 11-20: Posters that explain meeting rules
• Page 21: "Good Readers" Bookmarks
• Page 22: Bloom's Taxonomy Task Cards: Remember
• Page 23: Bloom's Taxonomy Task Cards: Understand
• Page 24: Bloom's Taxonomy Task Cards: Apply
• Page 25: Bloom's Taxonomy Task Cards: Analyze
• Page 26: Bloom's Taxonomy Task Cards: Evaluate
• Page 27: Bloom's Taxonomy Task Cards: Create
• Pages 28-32: Common Core-aligned Task Cards


Create booklets for your students by stapling the following pages into packets, or hole punch the pages and insert them into binders.


• Pages 33-37: Binder Covers
• Page 38: Directions
• Page 39: Rules
• Page 40: Behavior Pledge
• Pages 41-42: Descriptions of each role (Storyline Summarizer, Vocabulary Detective, Character Developer, Text Connector, Reporter, Questioner, and Artist)
• Page 43: Literature Circle Log
• Page 44: Discussion Notes
• Page 45: Partner Reading (assessment)
• Pages 46-52: Handouts to use for each role (Storyline Summarizer, Vocabulary Detective, Character Developer, Text Connector, Reporter, Questioner, and Artist)
• Pages 53-64: Graphic Organizers (Questioning, Problem/Solution, Cause/Effect, Character Analysis, Compare/Contrast (Characters), Compare/Contrast (Books), Chronology, Main Idea, Author's Purpose, 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why), Word Analysis, and Imagery)
• Pages 65-67: Extension Projects
• Page 68: Activities for Early Finishers
• Page 69: Work Space
• Page 70: Credits Page


Common Core English/Language Arts (Reading) Writing standards aligned with this product:

**Please note: These are fourth grade standards because I teach fourth grade, but other grades' standards could easily be incorporated. Each prompt facilitates either opinion, informative/explanatory, or narrative writing.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.A: Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.B: Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.C: Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.D: Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

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