What are literature circles?
A literature circle in our classroom consists of a group of students reading the same book, utilizing strategies and skills to deepen comprehension, and meeting with their group to hold book discussions.
How are books chosen for literature circles?
We choose books according to genre. It's also popular to conduct circles using like themes or as an author study. We like to choose books that have received the Newbery Award or Newbery Honor Award, keeping in mind those books that will appeal to fifth graders.
What choices do the students have in literature circles?
First, students vote for their three top choices out of a possible five choices. As a group, they also determine what pages will be read for each meeting date. Likewise, they make decisions as to what role or assignment they will need to complete for their meetings. These decisions really empower students and motivate them to complete their very best work!
How long does a literature circle usually last?
Literature circle groups generally stay together for about four weeks.
How does my child complete the work for each meeting date?
Your child will read their literature circle book during independent reading time and text code using their sticky notes. They may possibly need to read outside of class also and complete assigned work to be prepared for each meeting.
How are students assessed in literature circles?
Anecdotal notes are kept on each literature circle group which helps with assessments. We look for preparedness, participation, and enthusiasm for reading. We may also assess assignments students are required to complete for each meeting.