What are literature circles?
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Defining Literature Circles

1. Students choose their own reading materials

2. Small temporary groups are formed,based upon book choice

3. Different groups read different books

4. Groups meet on a regular, predictable scheduleto discuss their reading

5. Kids use written or drawn notes to guide boththeir reading and discussion

6. Discussion topics come from the students

7. Group meetings aim to be open, naturalconversations about books, so personal connections, digressions, and open-endedquestions are welcome

8. In newly-forming groups, students may play arotating assortment of task roles

9. The teacher serves as a facilitator, not agroup member or instructor

10. Evaluation is by teacher observation, self and peer student self-evaluation

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