I’m a tremendous fan of literature circles. I used them frequently in my own classroom and enjoy learning more about the varied ways to maximize their potential. Many of the teachers that I’ve been working with this year have begun launching literature circles in their own classrooms, and witnessing the energy that builds in response to their efforts is pretty inspiring. Great things can happen when kids are invited to talk with one another about what they are reading.
Planning for literature circles can be as overwhelming as it is exciting though, particularly for those who might classify themselves as more traditional teachers. There are a number of things to consider in anticipation of this work, and over the next few days, I’ll be sharing ideas, resources, and suggestions that address the following points of concern:
- Setting goals and teaching with essential questions
- Engaging all students and building community
- Defining the role of the teacher
- Considering instruction: content, skills, behaviors
- Intervening around identified needs
- Reflective Practice
I’m hoping others will chime in as well. I know that many of my colleagues have tremendous experience using literature circles themselves, and I’m eager to learn more as well. Many of my favorite resources are housed in this wikispace. What would you recommend that I add?
This post was the first in a series on literature circles. Find posts 2-6 here: