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English Language Arts

Every Student Plays a Role with Literature Circles

Literature circles are a great way to engage students, encourage teamwork, and get kids excited about reading. Like book clubs for kids, Lit Circles oftentimes have a lot of prep work, paperwork, and assignments involved. This collection aims to simplify the potentially mind-numbing process of implementing literature circles in the classroom.
A Collection By Megan McClure
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Every Student Plays a Role with Literature Circles
  • gcisd-k12.org
    gcisd-k12.org

    Literature Circle Role Sheets

    10 minute read
    Megan McClure says:
    These Lit Circle Role Sheets are one of many .pdfs out there on the internet, however, these printable worksheets are more straightforward and streamlined than a number of other role sheets available.
  • Megan McClure says:
    On paper, the logistics of Lit Circles can be a little overwhelming. This video shows a Lit Circle in action, honing in on one group as they move through the various Lit Circle roles.
  • Lit Circles and Stations

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    Megan McClure says:
    Each role in a Lit Circle carries a lot of responsibility. This website provides printable posters to display around the classroom detailing the responsibilities of each Lit Circle role so students never have to wonder what they are supposed to be doing.
  • Megan McClure says:
    This resource, while somewhat lengthy, extracts the highlights from the larger text, Mini-Lessons for Lit Circles by Harvey Daniels and Nancy Steineke. The e-text not only details various Lit Circle activities but it provides the pedagogy behind each activity, as well as considers possibilities for what could go wrong with each mini-lesson.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    (Almost) Paperless Literature Circles

    6 minute read
    Megan McClure says:
    (Almost) Paperless Literature Circles explains the various roles and assignments for each Lit Circle member and details exactly what each group worked on when they met twice a week.
  • Megan McClure says:
    This video follows one class as they move through each role in a Lit Circle. Teacher Daniel Knoll explains each role and provides student examples. Knoll also focuses on the participation aspect of Lit Circles, encouraging students to speak and share their ideas within a strict two-minute time limit.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Literature Circle Models is a great blog post explaining the various types of literature circles, as well as the various ways to structure Lit Circles.
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