Whether you call them literature circles or book clubs, this is a fun and engaging way to teach reading skills to your students!
Literature Circles are great for teaching leveled reading in your classroom. It gets students discussing the book as well as thinking about it in detail as they do their literature circle jobs. Everything you need to start literature circles in your classroom, except for the books of course, is included in this product! Depending on class size I would suggest anywhere from 4-8 book choices. Most groups run best with 5-8 students. However, if you do not have the full 8 students per group(there are eight literature circle jobs) that is ok! Students can still rotate through each job, some jobs will just be left empty for the discussion. Each group should meet 2-3 times a week, after they have read the assigned reading and finished their job. As the teacher you can decide if you want to meet with each group on a rotating schedule, or if you want to have all groups meet at the same time and you rotate around and monitor. Below I will explain how to use each portion of the product.
First, I included a PowerPoint for you to use to introduce literature circles to your students. It is editable, which means you can change the wording on any slide if you do not like what I have already created for you. Before you begin literature circles, show the PowerPoint with your class and discuss how it will be implemented in your classroom.
Next I included a “Looks Like/Sounds Like” poster. I like to brainstorm ideas with my students about what literature circles should look and sound like before we begin them. For instance we might discuss how they “Look like students are reading, on task, finishing jobs, participating,” etc. They sound like, “Students talking about relevant information, students speaking kindly,” etc.
The next page in the product is a sheet of bookmarks. If you choose to give these to your students I would suggest printing them on cardstock and laminating them for lasting use. Students can also write their names on them so they do not get lost.
The clip chart is a nice tool I use to help the students and me visually see which literature job each student is currently on. I have included a picture and directions on how to use it and put it together on the clip chart page. I usually have students rotate jobs 2-3 times a week, depending on the length of reading they are required to do. Write student names on clothespins and then they can easily move the pin up and down the chart as needed. There are up to 8 charts, one for each literature circle group. Also included are circle badges for job titles. You can punch a hole in each circle badge and attach a string. Students can wear the badge that corresponds with the job they did, while they are in their discussion groups.
I have included 8 different literature circle jobs in this product: Super Summarizer, Inquisitive Questioner, Cool Connector, Discussion Director, Vibrant Vocabulary, Passionate Predictor, Inferring Informer, and Interesting Illustrator. There are directions on each page on how the job is to be done. Each student will do one job per discussion. Assign a reading selection and job to be completed before their groups meet. Once the group is done discussing their jobs, students will be assigned a new job and new reading selection from their book.
Also included is a Teacher Group Leader Sheet. You will mark it either the first, second, third, etc. rotation and grade each student as they discuss the book in their groups. I usually look at did they stay on task, complete their job, and participate? If so I give them full points. I like to have these grading sheets on a clipboard as I roam the room and listen to their discussions.
Along with the clip chart, I have also included a rotation schedule you can use if you would like. It is a simple paper copy of each student’s job and their name with the date next to it. This can keep you organized and knowing ahead of time who will be doing each job. This can be kept on your grading clipboard you use to monitor during discussions, or hung up next to the clip charts.
Last I included a book report. There is a graphic organizer to fill in their ideas for the report and a file page book to make as a report. All instructions are on the file pages of the book report.
Good Luck and Have fun! Feel free to email me with any other questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.