Literature Circles for Fiction and Nonfiction: Grades K-2

Erin Guge
Grade Levels
K - 2nd, Homeschool
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85 pages
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Everything you need to implement both fiction and nonfiction literature circles in grades K-2 is right here, from preparation at the beginning to extension activities at the end! This product contains four levels of job sheets so that even pre-readers and writers can participate!

Literature circles are a wonderful way to get our students excited and talking about books, all while engaging in critical thinking and reflection as they read (or are read to), respond to, and discuss books of their choice! This activity takes independent reading and comprehension to another level, incorporating the Common Core Standards of listening and speaking in small groups. Whether you are new to literature circles or experienced but in need of some new, fresh pages, this product is for you!

Please see the preview to get a better idea of what this resource contains!

Note that this resource makes use of fiction and nonfiction picture books (not included), and a group meets one time after reading a book. If you are looking for Literature Circles for grades 3-5, which makes use of chapter books and longer nonfiction picture books, with several group discussion meetings throughout the course of a book, click here to check out my Fiction and Nonfiction Literature Circles for Grades 3-5!

This product includes:

- Literature Circle Overview

- Instructions for How to Prepare: Behind the Scenes Preparation, Book Selection, Grouping

- How to Practice Literature Circles with Students

- Implementing Literature Circles

- Variations and Tips

- Printable Pages:

- Folder Cover

- Grouping Template

- Discussion Icons for Class Chart

- Job Assignment Cards/Necklaces

- Sample Parent Letter

- Level 1 Job Sheets: My Favorite Part, I Want to Share, I Liked/I Did Not Like, It Made Me Feel (half-sheet, drawing only, one-sided)

- Level 2 Job Sheets: Word Wizard, Creative Connector, Stupendous Summarizer, Discussion Director (half-sheet, mostly drawing/labeling, two-sided with the Inspiring Illustrator job on back-side for all students in the group to enjoy)

- Level 3 Job Sheets: same jobs as Level 2 (full-sheet, drawing and writing, two-sided with the Inspiring Illustrator job on back-side as well as a student self-evaluation)

- Level 4 Job Sheets: same jobs as Level 2 (full-sheet, mostly writing, two-sided with the Inspiring Illustrator job on back-side as well as a student self-evaluation and a teacher evaluation that is specific to each job)

- Other Discussion Prep Options

- 3 Different Extension Activities

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Also check out these other resources:

Reading Comprehension Strategies and Skills Posters

Monthly Reading Logs

Sight Word / Phonics Poems

Writing Paper for Holidays, Seasons, and General Use

Thank you and happy teaching!

Erin Guge

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Total Pages
85 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation.


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