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Teaching Tips: Literature Circles

These sites explain the benefits of using literature circles to have students discuss books. Includes tips and handouts on how to organize the groups, how to lead discussions, and how to assess student participation. Learn about the different student roles and their discussion duties. There are links to eThemes Resources on guided reading and several award winning reading lists.


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This lesson describes how to manage and run literature groups. A sample lesson is provided using "Esperanza Rising" or "Becoming Naomi Leon".
This site provides links for the beginning and experienced educator in implementing literature circles. Professional reading and suggested reading lists are provided for students in grades 9-12.
This article discusses the benefits of literature circles especially for ELL students. The author provides examples of centers that can be used by students to work cooperatively.
This site provides several links about literature circles for beginner's or those wanting to have their groups perform effectively. A sample unit, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is provided. NOTE: This site contains advertising.
This site explains how literature circles work. Click on "Discussion" for good tips on leading talks about the books. Includes photographs showing what it looks like to engage students in literature circles.
Here are some ideas that can be adapted for any book. Includes photographs showing students' work. Click on the two "Projects" links for forms about planning and evaluating projects that you can print out.
Explore the links at right for definitions of literature circles and read the research that shows the benefits of using them.
This article discusses the different roles for students participating in literature circles. There are also tips for how to lead and organize these groups. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Students can use this page to assess their contributions to literature circles.
This fifth grade teacher explains how she uses literature circles.
These sites offer information about guided reading for primary and upper elementary grade levels. Read a case study, plus see how teaching strategies and tips have been implemented in different classrooms. Topics include the Four Blocks teaching method with emphasis on the guided reading and self-selected reading blocks. Also learn how to assign levels to books.
This resource is a compilation of booklist web sites for elementary school students. The lists were compiled by teachers, librarians, and students. Some of the lists are divided by grade level, readability, or genre.
These websites are about the books and authors nominated for the Show Me Readers Award in 2005-2006. Find out which books were nominated, and read more about the authors. Also includes activities, lesson plans, and book reviews.
These sites are about the Mark Twain Award nominees for 2005-2006. Includes biographies for the authors, plus some book excerpts, reviews, and activities.

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