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K-12 Professionals

Literature Circles: Book Club for Kids

EDUC 600




Instructor: Judy Kvaale


Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $350

Partner Class Offered Through eEducators

Course Description:

Would you like your students enthusiastic about reading? Then it's time to learn how to successfully implement literature circles in your curriculum. Literature circles provide a technique where students strengthen their reading skills by meeting and discussing books with peers. Recent research has linked literature circles with improved student achievement scores. This course is designed for 1st - 12th grade educators. Components of the course include book selection, student roles, strategies for conducting successful literature circles, book projects, managing groups, student assessment and aligning standards.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

1.  Develop a research-based rationale for integrating literature circles into classroom practices.

2.  Identify the components of literature circles.

3.  Generate a list of books from various genres to be used in literature circles.

4.  Select or design literature circle student roles and role sheets.

5.  Develop a list of during reading strategies and a list of projects for sharing books.

6.  Generate a daily/weekly schedule for implementing literature circles in the classroom.

7.  Select state/district standards that align with the literature circles technique.

8.  Create assessments to evaluate and grade literature circles.

9.  Develop a plan for implementing literature circles in the classroom.


Daniels, Harvey (2001). Literature circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs & Reading Groups.  Portland, Maine: Stenhouse Publishers.

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