Literature Circles

Literature Circles – Grade 5 2017

Welcome to Literature Circles

Literature Circles

What is a Literature Circle?

A literature circle is a small group of students that are reading the same book. Literature circles is like a mini book club.

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. Reasons must be included to support the prediction. This is to be completed in their Lit Circles Book.



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 Posters

Below are the literature circle role posters – if you need to know more information about what your role involves, this is the link to click on!

Literature Circle TEMPLATES

Below are templates you can use to help you complete your role – these are a guide only, you don’t have to set out your work like this.

LC Roles Templates


Below is the rubric your Discussion Director will use to assess your work – have a look at the working at and working above area, this is what you are working towards.








Literature Circle Display

Literature Circles

Lit. Circles workshop

Download the following document for your Literature Circles workshops this week

First Fire

Term 2 – 2014 – Week 6: Literature Circles begins in Grade 6

6M has been grouped into four teams. Each team has been assigned a different novel to read and complete comprehension tasks throughout the remainder of the term. Sufficient class time is allocated each week to complete the required reading and task. If you are finding you need more time, it is your responsibility to take it home or use our homeroom sessions to catch up! You must stick to the timetable so that your weekly conference session with Mrs Marshall runs smoothly! Plus, when you are up-to-date you will feel awesome! One more thing, as the timetable is created for the next month you are able to complete the tasks and show your group if you are ever absent.

Other than summarising EVERY chapter, you will be assigned only four of the selected roles below to complete in Term Two’s Literature Circle round. Please don’t jump ahead!

  • Discussion Director
  • Habits of the Mind – Character Analyser
  • Connector
  • Word Wizard
  • Literacy Luminary
  • Illustrator Mapper & Figurative Language Analyser

During week 1 of Lit. Circles, students will select their text from the four options and create new working groups. They fill out a timetable and negotiate tasks to complete after they have read a quarter  of the book. This helps to pace out the program and most importantly communicate the task responsibilities of every member, particularly if somebody is absent.

Week 1: Read the first quarter of the text and complete a written summary of each chapter (or use Pages on your iPad) to introduce the text to your teacher and class. Remember to use the question keys to guide you when you construct your summarising sentences.

Here are a few quick ideas to help you…

WHERE is the story set?

WHO is/are the main characters?

HOW can you explain their lifestyle/family? HOW does the main character’s lifestyle compare to yours?

WHAT is the main idea, facts & details? WHAT period of time is your story set in?

WHICH things make your character happy/sad?

WHY? (I left this one open for your creativity)

DUE FRI            : Read first quarter and complete a written/typed summary of each chapter. Complete allocated role ready to present in the 2nd week of Lit. Circles.


The roles are outlined here…Literature Circle Display


Lit. Circles roles

lit. circles (extension)

Figurative Language Analyser

Literature Circle Display

Lit. Circles Prompt (Roald Dahl)

Lit. Circles example text

Literature Thinking Planners

HOM Character Analyser

HOM-Character-Analysis 2



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