I have decided to do my inquiry question on “How to run successful literature circles (lit circles) in a classroom.” What are lit circles you may ask??? In lit circles “small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students’ response to what they have read. You may hear talk about events and characters in the book, the author’s craft, or personal experiences related to the story.”
Last year, I had the privilege to watch/ run lit circles in my practicum class. They were already established in my classroom by my sponsor teacher and I thought her method would be great to share. As well as some new resources I have found during my inquiry. After some research and experience, I have decided to focus on four main aspects regarding lit circles:
- How to get lit circles started in the classroom
- How to run successful lit circles
- Ideas on how assessment
- Final project ideas
Here is a video of one way lit circles can be incorporated into the classroom.