In this post, we share five How-To Guides for facilitating literature circles that help learners uncover the power of stories. The guides range from grades Pre-K-6th grade.
About Literature Circles: Literature circles (sometimes called book groups or literature groups) are book discussion groups organized around a book, theme, genre, or author. Students must learn to be independent, critical thinkers in order to discuss the text with their peers, so it takes a lot of scaffolding and support to help them to develop these skills. These guides will help teachers to get started on literature circles. We hope you will be able to make use of them and share them with others.
About Us: We are graduate students at Arcadia University’s School of Education. We designed these guides by researching a range of models and techniques, looking closely at aspects of specific children’s literature texts, and working collaboratively to design these approaches.
Five How-To Guides for Literature Circles (click on titles for guides)
Guide 1: How Do Illustrations Help to Tell a Story? (Grades Pre-K-1) by Diamond Groce, Laura Shipman, and Jennifer Mager
Guide 2: Teaching Questioning Strategies with Picture Books (Grades 1-2) by Samantha Fitzgerald, Brigid vonVorys-Norton, and Michael Pleasants
Guide 3: Using Paired Picture Books for Upper Elementary (Grades 2-4) by Joanna D’Orazio, Danielle Terry, Heather Buriak, and Jennifer Kacerek
Guide 4: How To Teach Literature Circles for Rain-Reign by Ann M. Martin (Grades 4-6) by Amy Toll and Ashley Mancuso
Guide 5: How to Teach Literature Circles for The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart (Grades 4-6) by Jennifer Kolff, Jessica McGuth, and Jane Criste