“literature circles” “cooperative learning” “reading”


As students engage in the work of literature circles, teachers assume a variety of roles. Early in the process, roles and behaviors require defining. Teachers who take the time to demonstrate how they want their students to behave as cooperative learners are often rewarded by higher quality discussion, comprehension, and group engagement. In the beginning, mini-lessons might focus on any number of topics, depending on the diverse needs of your students. Starting a dialogue rather than stating…