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Literature Circles & Literature Circle Roles | Book Club Activities

Grade Levels
4th - 7th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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52 pages
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The Literature Circle Unit is complete, easy to use for book clubs, covers the key elements of literature, and is perfect for students to practice speaking and listening skills. With over 50 printable pages and a wide variety or literature circle roles, the complete unit for book clubs is all you'll need to successfully run literature circles for any novel.

If you're thinking about starting book clubs or you're looking for ways to improve on your last experience, this product is just what you need. Each activity is meaningful for students and shows their progress throughout the novel. All you'll need to do is select the novels. Each page can be easily modified to meet student needs, and the entire unit addresses many of the Common Core Standards. Just print and go!

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Included in this comprehensive resource you'll find the following:

  • 6-pages of teacher directions and ways to simplify the process
  • Student directions for participating
  • 30+ pages of student packet options
  • Differentiated final project options
  • Reflection page
  • Rubrics
  • Discussion starter stems
  • Self-monitoring checks
  • Observation checks
  • 3-pages of novels that work and their reading levels and page break down for meetings
  • Posters for display
  • Directions on how to ask a higher-level thinking question

What teachers are saying about this resource:

"Nothing short of excellent! My students really took ownership of their literature group experience. Thank you for creating an excellent resource!"

"Moving my reading focus group from a book club format to a literature circle format was the best instructional decision I made last year. These activities were perfect. We practiced each role using a familiar book we've all read, and made sure they understood their roles. Then we picked our books and worked as teams to read and hold a literature circle. This 30 minutes was easily my most favorite part of the day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

"Wow! I purchased this a while ago but withs snow days it took me a while to complete with my 4th graders. This was awesome!! I wasn't sure if it would be too hard but they really rocked it! We did everything like you instructed (including snacks, etc.). The kids really enjoyed this activity and I thank you for the hard work it took to put together. I had each student make their own notebook just for this unit to stay organized so it taught them organization as well. Thanks for sharing!!"

"This makes literature circles a breeze! My students love the various jobs they can choose from and are so excited for their literature circles. Thank you!"

"This made my first experience of literature circles in my book club very stress free. Can't wait to get started again next week."

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.


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