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. Reading A-Z 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
Teacher Resources Tips
How to Get StartedHow to use Reading A-Z tools in successful Literature Circles
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.
Skill Master: Cause and Effect
Skill Master: Main Idea and Details
Fiction Book Models
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.