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Lit Circles

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Looking for ways to engage your students in reading, discussing and

writing about texts? Literature Circles is a proven strategy to get your

students reading, thinking, discussing, and writing. This session

analyzes the nuts and bolts of literature circles: how to start them,

how to assess them, how to maintain them, and how to infuse them

with technology. Participants receive Harvey Daniels' Literature Circles

book, prepare lessons to use with mini-circles, and create their own wiki,

leaving the workshop armed with strategies and resources to start

using literature circles with their students.

Workshop Resources



      General Info about Lit. Circles




      Discussion Boards


Mrs. Huff's Hand-Outs





Teacher Model:  Example of planning



Rubric:  5-point rubric for

reading responsejournals




Rubric:  4-point rubric for

reading response journals for AP English Language


  Discussion Board

Grading Rubric.doc 

Rubric:  4-point rubric for

online discussion board

 Home Court powerpoint.ppt 

PowerPoint: Teaching kids to treat one

another with respect

PR Rubric.pdf 

Rubric:  4-point rubric for

polished response


Rubric:  Student-created

3-point blog rubric



Hand-Out:  Instructions for starting

online discussion, including online

safety issues


Rubric:  4-point rubric for polished

response analyzing theme


Checklist: Students can use

 to self-assess or teacher can

 use to assess


Literature Circle Planning Guide.doc

Hand-Out: Instructions for absent students to write a friendly letter to discuss book.


Hand-out: Student graphic organizer assigning specific reading strategies for journaling


Hand-Out:  Assigns roles for LC.

IR program description.doc


Describes assignments:   Reading Response Journal, Polished Responses, Annotated Bibliography




Rubrics:   Book Talk rubrics

The first is a simple, generic one.

The second is a bit more detailed with stricter requirements.


Reading Strategies

Reading Response Journal




Asking Effective Questions (3 Layers)


Questioning a Text.doc

Graphic Organizer:Students write three "layers" of questions.


Hand-Out:  Tips for Choosing Passages (Golden Lines)

Sample PR.ppt 

PowerPoint: Walks students through writing a polished response


BookMark:  Connections (TS, TT, TW)

Harvesting Post-It Notes.doc 

Hand-Out:  Graphic Organizer for harvesting Post-It notes


Hand-Out:  Model two column notes from The Awakening by Chopin

 Making Connections.ppt 

PowerPoint:  Making Connections and

Asking Effective Questions



Photos:  Sample Reading Response Journals written by students 


Bookmark:  Active Reading Strategies




Brochure to give to students to use as a journal.



Hand-Out: Student-written Polished Response analyzing a character 




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