Here is a quick glimpse into literature circles in my room:
I've actually just taken away their role sheets. Now they get a few stickies and I expect all of the students to come to literature circles prepared with questions, connections and quotes to discuss.
Every once in awhile, I pop into their meetings to listen to their conversations. When I do, I usually
At other times, I do a bit of assessing by asking the students to reflect on their experience in literature circles on that day. When I notice their conversations are beginning to slow down, I'll drop off a sheet for them to complete before they adjourn for the day.
So tell me, do you do literature circles in your classroom?