Also known as:

literature studies, literature clubs, lit clubs, book clubs, and readers' circles


A discussion of a piece of literature, either fiction or non-fiction, that is student generated

Looks like:

1st: Book Selection
2nd: Form Groups
3rd: Make schedule/Review assignments
4th: Read, Write, and Note (read the book, make notes, and think about the book)
5th: Lit circle discussion
6th: Response and reflection

Literature circles help you to...

* Learn to think critically *

  • Appreciate the qualities of literature Develop communication skills * * Expand reading comprehension strategies ** Extend writing skills *

Expectations for Literature Circles

Student Expectations
Teacher Expectations
Before Reading
* notes sections to be read

  • understand tasks
  • prepare by reading and completing
assigned tasks
* establishes routines

  • gathers book choices
  • assigns tasks
* try to understand others

  • make personal connections
  • share your thinking
  • actively participate
  • give others opportunities to participate
  • stay focused on the text
  • make connections
  • add to others responses
  • share agreement or disagreement
  • pose real questions
  • provide different interpretations
* facilitates

  • coaches
  • reinforces
  • encourages
  • adds new information
  • moves discussion forward
* evaluate your participation

  • evaluate the quality of discussion
  • plan and carry out additional assignments
* help students evaluate their discussion

  • invites comments, questions, and opinions

Literature Circle Information:

Literature Circle Info
Literature Circle Expectations
Elements of Literature Circles
Literature Circle Reading Guide
Literature Circle Reflection

Literature Circle Reading Guide - Thanks to Sarah Line!

Literature Circle Job Descriptions - Thanks to Sarah Line!
Literature Circle Models
Literature Circle Video List : printable resources : lit circle models : Introductory lesson plan : printable resources film crew roles