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Structure of Literature Circles:
General Guidelines

Before you begin, here are some general guidelines for setting up literature circles in your classroom.  These guidelines apply across grade levels.  When you're ready to see specific examples of structure from grade levels similar to yours, click on either "Primary" or "Intermediate/Middle School" classroom examples below.

Seeing the Big Picture:
What Goes Into Literature Circles Structure?
Choosing Books
Reading the Books
Written Response
Extension Projects

Classroom Examples:
Grades 1-3

Grades 4-5
Middle School

for more detailed information on the structure for literature circles:
Getting Started with Literature Circles
by Katherine L. Schlick Noe and Nancy J. Johnson
(1999, Christopher-Gordon) - for Grades 1-8
Literature Circles in Middle School: One Teacher's Journey
by Bonnie Campbell Hill, Katherine L. Schlick Noe, and Janine A. King

Literature Circles Resource Center

© 2004 Katherine L. Schlick Noe
College of Education
Seattle University