the school year, students learned how to meet in Literature
Circles. Each student had a role, and as a class, we learned how
to do each role. The Discussion Director leads the circle in
their meeting in addition to doing one other literature role.
Those roles include: the Inquiring Mind,
the Creative Artist, the
Word Detective, and the
Connector. (Feel free to download
and use these Microsoft word documents.)
internet project, I divided the students into groups of 4 or 5.
Students read one of the pre-selected books from Marc Brown’s
“Arthur” series. The titles we used were Arthur Meets the
President, Arthur Lost and Found, Arthur Goes to
Camp, Arthur’s Birthday, and Arthur’s Teacher Trouble.
Reading levels were taken into account when I assigned the
books, although the students were not grouped solely by their
reading ability. Group dynamics and student interests were also
a consideration. Students read their books in class and at home
before we began working on our roles. The following day in
class, I assigned each student a role, and most students
completed their role sheets in class. Others finished them at
home. The third day, students met with their circles to share
their role sheets and to talk with their groups about the book.
After they met in their Literature Circles, students completed a
self-evaluation of their work in
meeting in Literature Circles, I shared several ideas for
extension projects with the students, and I provided
examples of each. Some ideas were board games, cd covers,
story hats, accordion books, and story chains. I also
presented the rubric for grading
before the students began their projects. Students then
chose one project for their extension project to use with
their book. After selecting their project, they completed a
planning page. Once I reviewed their plan, they began their
projects on their own. We spent about 2 days in class
working on the projects and 1 day sharing the projects and
playing the games.
students were very engaged in the entire Literature Circle
process, and they gained a deeper understanding of their
books as well as the importance of talking with others about
literature. In the future, I will incorporate Literature
Circles into our Language Arts program even more than I do
now. They are an invaluable way of getting students
interested and excited about reading!
© Susan Silverman -
Literature Circles Extension Projects