Literature Circles are a great way to get students actively engaged and take ownership of their reading. This Literature Circle guide utilizes the roles of Discussion Director, Visualizer, Connection Director, Literary Luminary, Summarizer, and Predictor to help students gain a deeper understanding of complex texts. The roles are designed to be rigorous to match the Common Core Standards and can be completed by the student on any notebook paper, so printing a large amount of copies is not necessary. I have been using Literature Circles for over five years and my students love doing them!
-a brief description of how I introduce Literature Circles to the entire class
-the Literature Circle Role posters and descriptions
-suggestions for beginning the student-led Literature Circles
-a letter to the students
-a "Role Sheet" for students to keep track of current assignments
-a "Discussion of the Day" worksheet for student accountability
-3 Assessment options and rubrics for grading purposes