Literature Circles Resource Center is designed to support teachers
as they plan and use literature circles in their elementary and
middle school classrooms. The site supplements two books
on literature circles: Getting
Started with Literature Circles by Katherine L. Schlick
Noe and Nancy J. Johnson (Christopher-Gordon, 1999) and Literature
Circles in Middle School: One Teacher's Journey by Bonnie
Campbell Hill, Katherine L. Schlick Noe, and Janine A. King (Christopher-Gordon,
2003). However, the Literature Circles Resource Center is
also designed to stand on its own -- teachers can look through the
entire site before beginning or can simply concentrate on one area
at a time.
begin, click below to get an overview of the site's organization
-- or go directly to key questions answered by this site.
Clicking on a component (in Organization) or a question (in Key
Questions) will take you directly to the related place in this site.
How This Site is Organized
The site is organized by the components of literature circles:
Explanation of the purpose of literature circles and how they fit
into a balanced literacy curriciulum in grades 1 - 8.
Structure: Teachers explain how they organize
literature circles at primary
grades and intermediate
Books: Suggestions for selecting books for literature
circles, and process for students to choose books to read.
Includes good books for varying grade levels, abilities, interests,
and classroom instructional focus.
Guiding students to learn the fine art of conversation.
Response: Using written response to encourage
engagement with literature, as well as to foster personal connection
and deepen comprehension.
Projects: Encouraging artistic response to extend
students' understanding of and engagement with literature.
Us: Talk with other teachers whose classrooms and ideas
appear in this site!
Resources: Suggestions for additional resources
on literature circles.