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Lit Circles

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Middle and High School Literature Circles

Session Descriptions


 Workshop Reflection  






 Extension Ideas


General Info about Lit. Circles



English Language Arts & Technology Standards





Tools & Strategies for Reading, Writing, Thinking

  • Greece Central School District's List of Tools
  • What Can You Say About a Book?  This is an incredible resource or lessons to teach reading strategies, author's craft, book talks, writing response to literature. 
  • Nancy Steineke's notes from 2006 Walloon Institute Training with high school teachers: These are rough notes but contain a wealth of best practice info.


Texts to Read


Using Digital Tools





      Discussion Boards


      Online Social Libraries


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.


Jim Burke's 18-page hand-out: Teaching with 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 



Using Digital Tools  



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