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 high groups in 1st grade. So I decided to take what I had and create an easier version for my firsties. After creating them, I realized that I could have used them with my 3rd graders as well. I love that the directions and the work can be done/seen 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 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.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã‚Â¡ Artful Artist
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã‚Â¡ Discussion Director
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã‚Â¡ Creative Connector
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã‚Â¡ Problem/Solution Detective
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã‚Â¡ Setting Sketcher
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã‚Â¡ Word Wizard
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã‚Â¡ Selection Summarizer
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã‚Â¡ Character Catcher
After reading a picture book and assigning a job or reading a chapter and assigning a job, you will need to meet with your group so they can share their assignment with the rest of the group. This should help focus a discussion of the reading. Everyone can have the same job or you can assign each person a different job. In the lower grades you will probably have them read one day, do the job the next and either meet right away after the job or before they do their next reading. Before getting started, you will need to model how to do each of the jobs properly.
These sheets are also great to use during stationsÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã‚Â¦especially listening station, buddy reading, classroom library, etc!
**This packet has primary handwriting lines. I have another packet with regular, big kid lines.