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Literature Circles: Getting Started
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Recurring Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Introduction: Ten 50-minute sessions; thereafter: 50 minutes per session|
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March 29, 2015
I love this plan. It's very thorough and easy to follow, and I appreciate all of the materials being supplied. I was wondering if someone could explain the "plan" column on the Vocabulary Enricher role sheet. I wasn't clear what do with that section. Thanks again!
September 14, 2013
This is a great resource to introduce Literature Circles. I'll be using it in my Integrated literacy class for pre-service teachers. We are modeling it with The Watson's Go to Birmingham.
March 25, 2013
What a great and well-researched resource! I have been primarily a 5th grade writing teacher this year and after our writing SOL passed my team asked me to step in to help with reading. Lit Circle seemed the way to go and this resource lays it out very well for me, thanks!
January 05, 2013
I've wanted to implement literatre circles for the past 2 years, but wasn't quite sure how. Thank you so much for being willing to share the actual lesson plans for beginning. I am going to start immediately! I would love to have plans even more detailed by adding a book to begin with and specific questions for each role. I teach fourth grade, and I think I'll begin modeling with Bud, Not Buddy.
January 01, 2013
Fantastic! My seventh graders will be reading any four books, and I can easily adjust this lesson to make lit. circles work in my class. Thanks.
February 11, 2012
Gracias, me gusto y me sirvio estas recomendaciones.
January 20, 2012
Great plan, this was a new kind for me. Will try it with students.
January 07, 2012
Great resource and a great way to use literature circle during reading! I cant wait to try it with my students. I like it better than the current literature circle method that I'm using now!!! Thanks!!!
October 11, 2011
This is a great resource! I have shared it with my pre-service teachers. I teach book club every semester in my elementary literacy methods course.
September 22, 2011
Thanks for the great resource. I'm changing the way we read in my class and this will really help.
April 20, 2011
I am modifying the plan some to use with my 5th grade resource students. I think it will be good for them when we get it all worked out. There is a lot of modeling involved. Sometimes I give them sentence starters. It is also helping them listen to each other about something that is not an entirely social relationship. I want them to learn to read for enjoyment and I think this process may help them reach this goal.
March 24, 2011
Thank you for a fantastic detailed plan for literature circles and for your willingness to share. I can't wait to implement this plan as a part of my classroom reading plans.
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