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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.  


Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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The Compound by S.A. Bodeen

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 The Emerald Atlas (Books of Beginnings Series #1) by John Stephens
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The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy Series #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

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 I am Number Four (Lorien Legacies Series #1) by Pittacus Lore
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Insignia (Insignia Series #1) by S.J. Kincaid

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Legend (Legend Series #1) by Marie Lu

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Leviathan (Leviathan Series #1) by Scott Westerfield
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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson Series #1) by Rick Riordan

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The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus Series #1) by Rick Riordan

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Matched (Matched Trilogy #1) by Ally Condie
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The Mysterious Benedict Society (Benedict Society Series #1) by Trenton Lee Stewart

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Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy Series #1) by Kiersten White

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The Raft by S.A. Bodeen


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The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere Series #1) by Jacqueline West

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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Spy School (Spy School Series #1) by Stuart Gibbs


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Steelheart (The Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson

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The Testing (The Testing Trilogy #1) by Joelle Charbonneau

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Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall


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By Holly Bowman

Summer Reading
Many studies have shown the benefit of summer reading.
* Kids who participate in a summer reading program are 52 Lexile points higher than their peers who do not (Dominican University study)
* Kids who read at least 6 books during the summer maintained or improved their reading skills.
Those that did not read, had scores that slipped (Barbara Heyns, 1978)
*By the end of 5th grade, students who did not read during the summer lagged 2 years behind (John Hopkins Center for Summer Learning, 1982)

Read during the summer!!!
Andrews, Texas
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