Sunday, June 10, 2012

Literature Circles

About two years ago, one of the school libraries in our district was undergoing major changes and sent out an email giving away their books.  Because I'm cheap, I knew it was a great opportunity to stock up on some books.  When I emailed the librarian, I ended up receiving ten sets of Literature Circle books!  I had always loved doing Literature Circles in my classroom and now with a larger selection of books to choose from - I would be able to commit to doing Literature Circles full time.

I gathered forms, created a lot of forms and through a lot of trial and error created a system that really worked for me and my 7th graders.  I was able to run six groups of Literature Circle in two sets of classes and I was really pleased with how everything turned out.

I've been putting my forms and information together to create a Literature Circle book that I can sell in my Teacher's Notebook and TPT Stores.  The Literature Circle guide has instructions on how to get started with Lit Circles in your classroom, forms for every Literature Circle job, cover pages for the two Literature Circle folders you should create!

It's a total of 20 pages!  I'm going to offer it for $5.00 in my TN and TPT Stores, but for the first five commenters, I'll send you the entire thing via email for FREE! :) Then, please go ahead and keep commenting because I'll choose three more commenters randomly to also win! (Please leave me your email in the comment - I hate getting stuck sometimes through google's endless + circles!)

Buy it over at:

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  1. I've actually been researching a lot about literature circles lately. I want to try something new for next school year.

  2. I'm making the switch to 7th grade ELA this next year. Im still trying to decide what In going to do and lot circles are high on the list. Hoping I'm one of the first 5. If not I'll be adding this to my wishlist. :). Thanks for sharing.

  3. I am moving back up to 7th from 6th teaching science. I have to teach informational texts to supplement the language arts teacher...this would be a great way to do that.



  4. I would love to give this a try next school year!

    Thanks so much!

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  6. I'm planning on trying Lit Circles this year. I will have to invest in this packet! Thanks for putting it out there.

  7. @Amanda Nixon Hi Amanda - I can't seem to find your email address anywhere through Google... Can you send it to me, or reply back?


  8. is my personal e-mail. Sorry!

  9. Awesome! I'll definitely have to check these out.

  10. Wow! I was so pleased to read your blog post! I will be teaching middle school English starting next year and have been scouring the internet for good resources. Good thing I bookmarked your blog because I have sure found a treasure!


  11. Hmmm...I attempted this last year, and due to my lack of organization, it failed miserably. I'm seriously considering giving it another go now that I know resources like this are floating around!

    Will Grade For Coffee

  12. I was just hired to begin teaching 7th grade ELA in less than a week and I'm lost on where to begin. I have only taught primary grades but would love to use literature circles but didn't know where to begin so hopefully I'll win or buy your resources in the next few days. Thank you for sharing your ideas and successes.

    Nicole Cook

  13. As a first year ELA MS teacher this would be an absolute blessing and awesome resource! My email is lamapp at gmail dot com. Thank you in advance and much success to everyone this school year!

  14. I teach 7th and 8th grade Literature in a small Catholic school and want to start lit circles next year. I am not looking for a freebie, so if you message me I would gladly pay for your literature circle book. Thanks.

  15. I'm a first year teacher and I would like to implement literature circles. If you are still doing your give away, please share with me.


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