Setting up Literature Circles to work for you, and your students: Lesson 3


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How do I correctly implement Literature Circles in my Classroom?

How you structure you classroom is completely up to you as an educator. Yet, this type of curriculum requires a lot of space. You need to make sure that your students can be in groups. Within these groups, the students must be able to talk out loud and discuss openly with each other about the book they are all reading. Give each student the appropriate amount of time to read. If you want that to be within the classroom structure or not is up to you as the educator. Remember that each students is different so make sure you give them options. Have a variety of books to read for all students to gain the interests of many different students within the classroom. Make sure you understand the roles required for all the people in the group and relay that information again and again to your students so they understand what needs to be done.
Each of the roles in the Literature Circle Curriculum plays a part for furthering reading comprehension and understanding. Without the roles the students would just read at different speeds and not for understanding. This structure allows the student to still have fun reading but teach them how to improve certain reading skills without them knowing they are improving those skills.

Understand your students and understand their confidence in reading. By implementing this curriculum, you are showing them how they can grow through reading, and that it is not such a tedious mindless task.

This section/lesson is about how you the learner can set up your curriculum. You have gained knowledge about what a Literature Circle is. You the learner have seen the results of what a Literature Circle can do. Now, you the learner can make this type of curriculum fit for you and your students and create a working Literature Circle environment in your own classroom using the following concepts found in this lesson.


1. Learn how to set up a Literature Circle
2. Study the roles of a Literature Circle
3. Gain confidence of how this type of Curriculum may work in your classroom.

What to do for Lesson 3

Before you Begin

Complete the following KWL chart attached for your own notes. Write down what you think you know about the implementation of Literature Circles which work in classrooms (under the "K" section of the chart). Then write down what you want to know (under the "W" section of the chart). Then once you have completed this lesson write down what you have learned (under the "L" section of the chart). Also write down where you found the information you learned for you own personal records (under the other "W" section of the chart).

File:KWL Chart for LC.pdf

Along with the KWL Chart:

Read a book, and ask yourself these questions and take notes in the sheets provided. This will give you an idea of what you expect you students to do in each Literature Circle group.
Share your results in the discussion section of this lesson!

File:Examples of Literature Circle Roles.pdf


Read the following journals, investigate the websites. Further your understanding of the implementation of Literature Circles and find the set-up that works for you!

The following are websites that can help you structure your individual Literature Circles

-The following is a file that one could follow in order to begin incorporating Literature Circles in the Classroom:
File:Implementing Literature Circles in the Classroom.pdf


Discuss what you have learned with fellow classmates. Ask any questions that you may have about what you read and what you saw. Complete the KWL Chart for your notes.


  • What do you think about the structure of the Literature Circle?
  • What would you change?
  • Do you think that this change would work?

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Exploring Literary Circles: Lesson 1
Literature Circles and their affect on Reading Comprehension and English Skills: Lesson 2