Procedure to follow for Literature Circles 

Let I will help groups choose the same novel for our Literature Circles. Some groups  will be decided by like genres. Other groups will be assigned. [I will explain to you why that is necessary]


       Once your have your novels I will go over the necessary sheets each group will need to have completed by the end of the unit.


       We will first receive our folders where all graphic organizers and role sheets must be kept.


      You will take turns in the Literature circle roles. We have a sheet to keep track of this.



5.   Let's evaluate our understanding of what our tasks are in Literature Circles. The roles are: Word Wizard, Summarizer, Discussion Leader,  Phrase Finder,, Summarizer, Illustrator, Character tracer, and Real Life Connector. 




      These sheets are to be completed in school for the most part. If your group is getting behind you may have to catch up. Your group must make some decisions as to how much to do each night. Remember you have a log to write as well.


       Please try your best. I  will hand out all  necessary sheets so that your group will have enough to begin. When you run out you must ask for more.


Check the number of chapters in your book. If you have twenty you will continue to read a chapter and complete a sheet.

Your group should have all role sheets completed by the end of your book.

Each sheet is based on a 1-5 rubric.

NOTE: Those of you who do not have twenty chapters have some decisions to make! First you must decide how many pages to read rather than chapters. You must decide how many sheets you will do. For example if you decide to do 15 sheets- each will be worth 6.6 points each. If you decide on 10 then each sheet will be worth 10 points. This is your decision as a group! (That’s why I passed out all 24 sheets at the same time)

Use your role tracker sheets to make sure you have one or more chances to do each role, and complete the sheet that corresponds to the roles.

You are responsible for completing one sheet each time you read. Do this sheet on your own. However, make sure you share and write other's ideas on the sheets as well.

        First Literature Circle Meeting

• Decide how much of the text to read and which role each of you will fill during the next meeting.

• Make sure you have a copy of the correct role sheet.

• Read your text and prepare for literature circle meetings.

Following Literature Circle Meetings (repeat until the text is finished)

• Use the prepared sheets for each role and use story details record your answers.

Guide the group’s reading and discussion, according to the role you are filling for the session.

• Be open and make sure that everyone has a chance to participate.

• Remember that personal stories that connect to the reading and open-ended questions about the text are welcome.

• Decide how much of the text to read and rotate the roles that each of you will fill during the next meeting.

      Also at night make a journal entry for the pages you read. Journal entries are based on how deeply you think about what you are reading. I have some suggestions below.  Your log is a mark from 1-5.


      You may begin your log while others in the group are finishing up their role sheet. Once they are ready everyone stops what they are doing and begins the discussion of each role sheet. Decide who will talk first.

      Have each member of the group tell one thing so you can add more information to your sheet. Make sure that you all have thoroughly discussed the speaker’s sheet before moving on to the next person.


      Help each other get better answers! Each sheet is a representation of how the group worked together to come to a conclusion about what you have read.

Each group will have a conference with me. I will ask each of you questions- each question is on a scale: five, ten, and fifteen points. For a total of thirty points per conference. I will ask you three questions each conference. We will have three conferences. I assign the final ten points for group dynamics, and self-evaluation.

Make sure you have a copy of the correct role sheet.

Read your text and prepare for the next literature circle meeting.

When books are finished, readers share with their classmates, and then new groups form around new reading choices.


The Three Big Components for Evaluation Are:

  • Role Sheets- Each sheet is based on a rubric. The illustration sheet for example shows me how well you visualize as you read. The rubric is based on visualization criteria.
  • Journal entries- At least two or three paragraphs per chapter. Not a summary, but a reflection based on how you think as you read the chapter. See my notes below on this.
  • Teacher Conferences- Three levels of questions- Marking is based on quality of answers- knowledge of characters- events-setting importance. The types of questions come from comprehension questions (sheet I gave you) Predicting, determining importance, making predictions, interpreting, making connections, giving opinions, synthesizing meaning.
  • Quiz- I will give two and will inform you three or four days prior.
  • Organization of your group folder.
  • Self-Assessment forms [completed by you]
  • Group and Individual Assessment forms [completed by teacher]



REFLECTIONS FOR Journals: Here are some suggestions only.

. You may have some wonderful questions and ideas as you go along. Feel free to reflect on some passages in the book. . Include a quote from the character and tell what you think about the character’s words. What do they reveal about that character? . Each reflection should be several quality length paragraphs with one or two short to fill in the gaps. So write at least ¾ of a page or more.
1. Visualize:  Every time you read, you may get a picture in your head about the story. You may draw a sketch in your log and write six sentences under the picture telling what it is and why you drew it. Do this three or four times, not all the time. 2. Text-to-world:  Write about the connections between the book and your community or the world beyond. Think how the events and characters are related to what you know in happening in the world.  Use examples and words directly from the text to show the author’s intent. 3. Text-to-self connections:  Sometimes what you read makes you think about your own life.  You may write about a specific event or a character from the book  or story that reminds you of an experience you or a close friend or relative had that is similar to what is happening in the text you are reading.
4.Text-to-text connections:  Sometimes what you read makes you think about another work-a book or movie or news article. Tell about the part in the book that made you connect to another text you saw or read. Explain fully the two and how they are connected. 5. Critique:  Sometimes when you’re reading, you think to yourself, “This is really great!” Other times you think, “If I were the author.. I would do this differently.” You can write about things the author did well and things he/she could do better. 6. Interpretation:  When you read, you should think about what the author is saying to you, what he or she hopes that you’ll take away from the story. You may write down your interpretation of the author’s intent when she/he wrote that part in the novel.
7. Preditions: Whenever you look at a new book or chapter title, try to predict what the book or chapter will be about.  After you read the part of a chapter or the whole chapter, you usually have a different idea of why the author used those titles.

Make predictions anytime throughout the chapter! Your mind is always working so make guesses as to what someone will do next or what issue the character will have next. There are all sorts of predictions you can make.

8.  Monitor Importance:  When you find a part in the book that you really like, you can write the page number in your log so you can remember where to find it when you go to write. You may write about why you think that part was is so special, exciting or interesting





9. Questions: Your questions should be similar to those examples given you on your discussion role sheets. They are from basic to deeper thinking. Write them as you go along so you won’t forget them. Use words like: I wondered…..,When John opened up the box I got really curious and wanted to know if…



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