According to Harvey Daniels, author of Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in the Student-Centered Classroom, a classroom literature circle is a small group of students who read and discuss a particular piece of literature. When they finish the reading and discussions, group members then choose a way to showcase the literary work for the rest of the class.
Teachers who have used literature circles in their classrooms say the groups offer students a chance to apply and improve their literacy skills. The strategy also generates in all students -- particularly at-risk students -- an excitement about reading and the motivation to understand and learn from their reading.
The Education World article below provides a detailed description of how you can establish and manage literature circles in your classroom.
Literature Circles Build Excitement for Books
Literature circles are one of the hottest trends in language arts teaching. In this article, two experts in the field offer insights and advice about using this instructional strategy in your classroom. Included: Valuable resources for teachers who want to learn more about using literature circles in the classroom.
Learn More About Literature Circles
You also might visit one of the sites below for more information about and resources for literature circles.
Lots of literature circle resources from Laura Candler.
Terrific planning and note-taking handouts from abcteach.
Overview of Literature Circles
An introduction to literature circles, including discussion starters and activity suggestions.
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