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Literature Circles with Primary Students Using Self-Selected Reading

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Literature Circles with Primary Students Using Self-Selected Reading

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Five 30-40 minute sessions
Lesson Author

Renee Goularte

Renee Goularte

Magalia, California


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology





  • General classroom supplies (blank 8x11 paper for journal pages; 12x18 construction paper for covers; mimeographed directions and questions list; access to the classroom library; chart paper; markers).

  • A read-aloud story that has an interesting character and a clear problem and solution. Two possibilities are Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola, or Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard.

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Literature Circles Reference Sheet

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  • Before Session One, it is presumed that students will have been talking about books that they read in the classroom, with and without prompts such as the following:

    • Who’s in the book? What do they do?

    • What do you like about the book?

    • How is the character like you? Not like you?

  • Before starting, decide the best way to have students gather the materials they will need to make their own journals. Counting out the papers, choosing their own cover color, and assembling their own journals will establish ownership and promote independence. If there are tables in the room, stacks of white paper and a reference sheet for each student can be placed in the middle of each table for students to access. Another option is to have stacks of white paper and the reference sheets in four or five areas of the room. A variety of colors of construction paper from which students can choose their cover sheets can be all in one area.

  • For Session Five and ongoing work, students will need to be arranged in heterogeneous groups with reading comprehension and verbal abilities balanced among the groups. If it is a mixed-age class, groups should also be mixed-age. These groups should work together for several sessions, and then students should be rotated, so that they have the opportunity to work with all students in the class at some time.

  • Prepare and make copies of a reference sheet for students to include in their reading journals, with written directions on the front and a list of generic literature response questions on the back.

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