Teachers in K-3 can
use literature circles!! You just need to make some
modifications for it to work in your classroom, such as:
-The books are
appropriate for emergent readers, such as wordless
books, big books, picture books, etc.
- To make sure
everyone understands the story, the books are often
read-aloud to the children.
- The children
read the whole book before coming to a group. This
is mainly because of the nature of the books which are
meant to be read in one sitting.
- Kids record
their responses in drawing or writing at their own
level. Kids can dictate to another person.
- Young children
need extra help remembering what they want to share.
Post-it notes help kids mark favorite parts of the book.
- Kids meet for
one single meeting to talk about one set of books. Then
new groups are formed around another set of readings.
- The teacher may
be present in primary literature circles. They
guide and facilitate sharing and discussion.