Launching Literature Circles

Starpoint Middle School Planning Materials:

Understanding the Basics and Rethinking Traditional Approaches

21C Literature Circles
What Are Literature Circles? from
Theory to Practice: Literature Circles from Literature Learning Ladders
The Literature Circles Resource Center
Literature Circles for High School Reluctant Readers
Literature Circles in Nine Sessions from ReadWriteThink
Literature Circles and Writing in the Round High school Teacher Cindy Adams shares her work here.
Mr. B-G blogs about his use of Literature Circles with high school students in this post.


What Are Literature Circles?
This 27-page document defines Literature Circles and provides procedures, journal prompts, and assessment ideas.

Reading Circles
This 14 page document, designed by Jennifer Bernhard of the Kentucky Department of Education, provides a detailed rationale for using Literature Circles, and it also details the roles that students may assume as well as suggestions for assessment.

Role Cards
Nancy Patterson, teacher and Tech Connect Editor of Voices from the Middle shares downloadable cards here.

Online Book Clubs and Circles
Barnes and Noble Book Club Center
Books in Your Email: Online Book Clubs