Literature Circle Books
Why Literature Circles?
- Student Choice and Collaboration
- Independent Level Reading and Writing
- Engagement in Deep Discussion of Text
- Modeling and Support
Printable or projectable resources for literature circles
Literature Circles begin with students choosing a book from several presented in book talks. Students list their top three choices so their teacher can divide them into groups of 4 to 6 members that have chosen the same book. Each student chooses the role they will perform during each literature circle meeting. Students read the chosen book independently and then discuss what they have read as a group.
Reading A-Z provides all the resources you need for literature circles. To learn specific protocols with a track-record of success, read the Literature Circles Overview.
How to Get StartedHow to use Reading A-Z tools in successful Literature Circles
Literature Circles Overview
Model LessonsUse the Model Lessons and annotated examples of Role Descriptions, Bookmarks, and Journal Pages to teach students how to perform new roles.
Nonfiction Book Models
Barack Obama is a biographical text about the forty-fourth president of the United States of America. Chronicling his life from birth until his historic election, the book educates readers on how Obama's life experiences shaped his decisions and career path.
Biography (nonfiction), Level S (Grade 3)
Download the Nonfiction Model Lesson
Fiction Book Models
Marcus Loses Patches
Marcus Loses Patches is about a little boy who loves playing video games. One day, he gets so wrapped up in his game that he forgets to feed his dog, Patches. When he finally gets around to feeding her, he realizes that he has forgotten to latch the gate and Patches has escaped.
Realistic (fiction), Level M (Grade 2)
Download the Fiction Model Lesson
Facilitating Self-EvaluationsHelp students monitor their own participation in groups.
Observational ChecklistAssess group participation to plan re-teaching of skills or coaching.