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Literature Circle Roles Reframed: Reading as a Film Crew

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Literature Circle Roles Reframed: Reading as a Film Crew

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three to Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • Multiple copies of literature books

  • Chart paper or board, and writing instruments

  • Magazines that can be cut up

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  • Teachers and students should have a working knowledge of Literature Circles. If a majority of the students have not had experience with Literature Circles, take some time to describe them.

  • Divide students into groups of 4 to 6, depending on class size.

  • Create a schedule for reading and meeting.

  • Begin by selecting books that the students will be using for the project. Any kind of text will work well, but it may capture the students interest more if you select books that will soon be turned in to a movie, or have already been made in to a movie. View either this list or this list for choices.

  • Make appropriate copies of the Crew Handout, role sheets, Follow-Up Questions, and Student Self-Assessment in the printouts.

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