Literature Circles for Middle School

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5th - 8th
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Literature Circles for Middle School engages your students in academic conversations about books! Lit Circles are a great way for students to start taking ownership of their learning. In this product students have specific roles to complete each week and are accountable to a group of their peers.

Student Roles include (There is a student page to introduce and explain each role.):

Discussion Leader


Passage Master

Vocabulary Detective


Real Life Connector

Character (descriptions)

Here are a couple of ways I use Literature Circles in my classes.

Assign Roles with in group

I organize groups by reading ability (high – medium, medium-low) and assign roles to the group members for each section of the book. I rotate the roles allowing students to take on different responsibilities but still within the areas they can be successful.

Random Groups

At the beginning of the new section of reading, I use a computer randomizer to pick new groups for the week. Then, I allow the members of the group to choose their roles. I have found this method to be most effective in my honors classes. The students like it because they get to discuss the book with different people in the class and are able to take their discussions to a deeper level.

Free Choice

Keeping the focus of the unit on comprehension skills, I give students a choice of 3-4 novels and organize groups based upon the book the student wants to read. I then allow the group members each week (or new section of reading) to pick their task making sure they choose a different task each rotation.

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©MiddleSchoolCafé Please note: this resource is for use by one teacher only. Additional teachers must purchase their own license or if your school is part of TpT for Schools, they may purchase a transferable license. May this resource help engage each of your students in the learning process.

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9 pages
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Teaching Duration
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