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Literature Circles: Getting Started

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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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Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


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Melissa Gibboni

April 17, 2018

Please make more printable sheets for other possible roles such as summarizer and connector. There are only four that I can find : Vocabular Enricher, Discussion Director, and Literary Luminary. Love this site, it was very helpful it setting up my first lit circle.


Jennifer Harper

November 17, 2017

This lesson plan with all the information you have provided has been so very helpful to me. The listing of state standards and common core standards saved me hours of time searching. Thank you for sharing so much information with us all!
This is an valuable resource...priceless!! :)



August 15, 2016

I have been using this resource for three years now. I love it! I have tried other ways of running Literature Circles, but nothing comes close to this. My instructional coach sends teachers wanting to try Lit Circles to my room to observe. I feel like I am so successful because this website lays it out so clearly. My students absolutely love Lit Circles. On days when our schedule has to change, my students are very upset to miss Lit Circles.



February 05, 2016

Love your plan above. I have just started a reading club for young kids. but more based on short stories rather than books. But will twist this a little to accommodate that. But thanks all the same for sharing such a wealth of information.


Kathy Linder

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!


Mary Reid

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!


Tina Enriquez

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.


Kevin Rogers

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.


Bikash Bhandary

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!!!


Peggy Semingson

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.


Andrew Nethercoat

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.


Angel Hunt

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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