Lit Circles

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:

  1. How to get lit circles started in the classroom
  2. How to run successful lit circles
  3. Ideas on how assessment
  4. Final project ideas

Here is a video of one way lit circles can be incorporated into the classroom.

2 Replies to “Lit Circles”

  1. This is a great topic! I haven’t had the chance to see this done in a classroom so the video was really helpful to see how it would work. I loved how each student had a role in the video like the connector and the illustrator, this gives students a chance to look at the book from different perspectives and hopefully give them an opportunity to do something they enjoy! I also really liked the little bit at the end about book recommendations sheets. This is such an interesting way keep the students involved and makes it much easier for the teacher to find books that the students will be interested in and excited about! Looking forward to learning more about how to run this, assessment and final projects!

    1. Thanks for the comment Cass! Yes, I thought using the roles of the connector and illustrator was a great idea. I think always giving students options keeps them more engaged and interested in the topic. The assessment and final project posts will be coming soon. 🙂

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