Literature Circles, that is. 🙂
We have spent the last few weeks meeting in Literature Circles to read and discuss a book together. The kids have done an amazing job of thinking deeply and talking openly.
At the beginning of our study, we read several texts together, learning the roles that they would later use in their groups independently. They learned–and then practiced–the roles of Discussion Director, Character Creator and Literary Luminary.
After we worked together, each student was given the choice of which Literature Circle they’d like to join. Each kiddo gave their first, second and third choices for which group they’d like to join, then were put into groups of 4-6. For the next three weeks students read and wrote questions about the book they chose. Their lit group met three different times, and students had different roles each time.
The themes of the unit were responsibility and choice, as students focused on taking turns, making sure their voices were heard, and using the text to support their thinking.
My students did an amazing job with these groups! They’re excited to try it again later in the spring with different book choices. What great experiences we had together.
What experiences have you had with literature circles or book clubs? Do you have any advice for us for the next time we meet? What book would you choose to read?