Literature Circles for Grades 3-4: Everything You Need to Get Started

Grade Levels
3rd - 4th
Formats Included
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90 pages
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This pack is meant to make literature circles EASIER! There are 7 jobs included in this pack, but you obviously do not need to use all of them. You will most likely have 4 or 5 students in each of your groups. You can select jobs for each student, or allow them to choose the job that they would MOST like to have.

Here is how we went about introducing lit circles:

  • Day 1- Go over all of jobs and explain what a lit circle looks like. Introduce and the rules and the jobs (both of which are included in this pack). Pages 6-12 be printed and displayed on a bulletin board in the classroom so students remember what each job is and how it is to be performed.

  • Day 2- Recap the jobs and MODEL, MODEL, MODEL what a literature circle is and how it should be run!

  • Day 3- Choose books for students (or have students choose their own), have students choose his/her job, and get started with the reading process.

I would suggest having students read for approximately 15 minutes. Give students approximately 5-10 minutes to finish filling their day’s packet, and then get back together with the group to share out the information that goes along with his/her specific job. Of course, this may look different in your classroom, but this has worked out for me.

Included in this pack:

  • 7 job packets: Discussion leader, Word Detective, The SPC (setting, plot, and character tracker), The Connector, The Recapper, Drawing Captain, In-House Poet.
  • Teacher directions
  • Student rules
  • Student job list
  • Job posters

Happy Teaching!


Total Pages
90 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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