Lit Circles 2014-2015
over 4 years ago
Lit Circles are very similar to book clubs. Instead of reading one novel as a class, the class breaks up into groups and each group reads a different book. Students love this approach to reading because they get to take charge of their learning and make decisions about their reading, and because they are reading as a group, it becomes a social activity, and what teenager doesn't like being social! They set their reading goals as a group, and to practice their reading skills, each group member is assigned a job, and they get to decide what jobs to complete each week until they have mastered all jobs and completed the book.
Besides helping students become better readers, lit circles inspire reading. The books chosen as lit circles books are all high interest, newly released novels that really appeal to today's teens. Because the students are reading in groups, they start talking and hearing about another group's book, and so they want to read that. The reading never stops. I am always amazed at how many students come to me asking to read the other books on their own because they just can't wait until the next round of lit circles.
By Holly Bowman