Literature circles are a great way to get kids talking about the books they read! I loved using them in 3rd and 4th grade and couldn’t wait to try them with my higher groups in 1st grade. So I decided to take what I had and create an easier version for my firsties. (I love that the directions and the work are all on one page!)
The following are a list of the jobs you can assign your students to do during your literature circles. You can either assign a job after a short picture book from an author study or after reading a section/chapter in a chapter book. The directions are right on each job handout. (There are 3 versions of each job- 1 for assigning chapters, 1 for assigning page numbers and 1 to use with a single book.)
Artful Artist (draw and write about the most interesting or favorite part)
Discussion Director (students create comprehension questions to ask each other)
Creative Connector (students connect to the reading)
Passage Predictor (predict what will happen next & whether or not you were right)
Setting Sketcher (draw a picture and write about the setting)
Word Wizard (identify/define 2-3 important vocabulary words)
Selection Summarizer (retell what was just read)
Character Catcher (list/describe the main characters)
Conflict Cop (identify the problem/solution)
After reading a picture book, a chapter, or a set of pages, assign a job. Students will complete the job then you will meet with your group so they can share with the rest of the group. This should help focus the discussion of the reading.
With the younger grades, I recommend that everyone have the same job. You can try to assign each person a different job, especially for older grades or more advanced readers. Usually you will have them read and do their job, then meet and share---it just depends on time and your personal preference. Most importantly-before getting started, you will need to model how to do each of the jobs properly.
**These jobs/sheets are also great to use during stations…especially listening station, buddy reading, classroom library, etc!
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