Begin Literature Circles with book talks so students can choose books they want to read. Teachers can then divide students into groups of 4 to 6 members to read their group's chosen book independently and then meet together using roles to support their discussion.
Literature Circle Journals save teachers time by pulling together predetermined roles appropriate for
a leveled book. Raz-Plus also provides all the resources you need for
literature circles with ANY book. Read the
Why Literature Circles?
- Student Choice and Collaboration
- Independent Level Reading and Writing
- Engagement in Deep Discussion of Text
- Modeling and Support
Student Resources Tips
PlannerHelps students stay organized and plan for each Literature Circle meeting.
Role ToolsUse Role Descriptions, Bookmarks, and Journal Pages to help students perform their chosen roles for each reading selection.
Roles for Every Book
Skill Master Roles
Cause and Effect
Compare and Contrast
Main Idea and Details
Sequence of Events
For annotated examples of Role Descriptions, Bookmarks and Journal pages, please see Literature Circle Tools For Teachers.