Lit Circles

What is a Literature Circle?

A literature circle is a small group of students that are reading the same book.

How does a Literature Circle group work?

Groups meet regularly to discuss the part of the book they have agreed to read up to. Each student has a different role in these discussions and they take turns to share their completed tasks which have been completed in their Lit Circles book. These roles rotate each session. Each session is led by ‘Discussion Director’ who prepares questions to promote comprehension of the text and guides discussion. Every group member must make a short summary about the section they have read and a prediction about will will happen next. This is to be completed as a comment on their group’s page on the grade blog.


When the group completes their text they prepare a Showcase to present their reading journey to the whole class. In the past, students have celebrated their text by acting out a scene, designing a 3D model, creating an advertisement for the book or giving a multimedia presentation…the sky is the limit! How will your group celebrate the text..?

Literature Circle roles

Discussion Director Word Wizard Predictor Literary Luminary Illustrator/Mapper Connector Character Captain Summariser

Tips for presenting your role:

Tips for presenting roles 1

Tips for presenting roles 2

Rubric used by the Discussion Director

Have a look at the rubric your discussion director with assess you on to make sure you have everything covered.

Lit Circles Assessment Rubric 2015

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7 Comments on Lit Circles

  1. liadia15
    August 26, 2015 at 7:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Dear Miss May
    I think in toad heaven all the toads will cross the highway.
    From Liam D

  2. wilmcf15
    August 27, 2015 at 7:46 am (3 years ago)

    Dear Toad Heaven group
    This session I predict that the four wheel drive is going to come back and squash all the toads. I also think that Goliath is going to get squashed.
    From Will.M

  3. Will S.
    August 30, 2015 at 9:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Dear How To Train Your Drangon Group,
    I predict that fish legs is not going to be a Viking because hiccup had to get a Drangon for him. And hiccup is going to be a hero he’s going to get respect.

  4. Lauren
    September 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Dear Miss May,
    I wa sloking on the organisation chart and it said I was Literact Luminary insted of Literary Luminary must be a mistake.
    From Lauren

  5. liadia15
    September 14, 2015 at 4:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Dear Miss May
    Is lit circles dure on Thuesday or tomorrow because I was sick.
    From Liam D

    • Miss May
      September 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Liam,
      We have session 6 tomorrow (Tuesday) and our last share session on Thursday. Hope you’re feeling better!
      Miss May 🙂

  6. erinakg15
    November 12, 2015 at 7:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Dear Miss May,
    I did my activity (you don’t have to approve this comment)
    From Erin


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