Prepping for Literature Circles: A Quick Checklist


Looking for resources to support your students during book club conversations or when leading literature circles? We have the resources to prepare and empower students to be leaders. Here are three ideas:


Create A Custom Reading List

Locate the titles you have multiple copies of that reflect your reading goal. Teaching genre elements with historical fiction or mysteries? Analyzing and author’s work? – create a custom list on the TeachingBooks website. Once your list is complete you can use the Analysis of Text Complexity for the list to check quantitative and qualitative data to differentiate and meet the needs of all readers. When viewing the list, use the notes area under each title to organize and provide information about expectations.

Book Stack

Use Books & Author Resources to Introduce Titles

Choose a resource for each title to use as you introduce the books. With Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick share the Meet-the-Author book reading, book trailer or annotation. This could be a whole group activity OR you can set up listening centers. Print a QR Code for the chosen resource and students can explore and enjoy a few to guide their selection.

circle-1300241_960_720Empower Students

Empower Students to lead discussions, make connections and take on literature circle roles by introducing them to the book guides, lesson plans and vocabulary lists for each title. As you are teaching roles, model choosing thoughtful questions from book guides, analyze key vocabulary from provided lists or learn from and connect to the author using background information from interviews.

Your time is valuable. Find everything in one place on–your custom list, resources to introduce titles, and resources.

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