I love middle school literature circles. Well, once I learned how to plan and manage them to my students’ benefit...then, I started to love middle school literature circles. In my 15 years of experience, I learned that there were 3 main keys to literature circle success.
Provide students the opportunity to be responsible for their own learning.
Literature Circles are such an effective way for students to learn the idea of taking responsibility for their learning. They are an opportunity for us to use our creativity and innovation to create an experience for students to take responsibility themselves. The two ways I do this are:
Provide for student choice and student creation.
This is a concept generally accepted across the board in education. With the development of Passion Projects and Genius Hour, we are not only promoting student choice in their learning, but also student creation. Students have been able to choose their projects in many classrooms for some time now, but the newest development in best practices is also allowing students to create their own learning paths. I proved these opportunities by:
Provide students opportunities to be leaders.
It’s always amazing to see how students who are oftentimes shy or not a natural leader are able to shine when they are given the opportunity to lead and are set up for success. This takes some intentional planning on our part, but it is always worth it to see students learn how to lead their peers. I intentionally provide these opportunities and structure by:
You can find my entire Literature Circle Unit in the Membership area, along with units for every literary term students need to know from introduction, to practice, to deeper meaning, to mastery! Additionally, you can find all the Social Justice and Global Issue projects I complete with my students throughout the year. Take a look through my sample lesson plans and join our Teacher Tribe when you’re ready!