Literature Circles 
Student led discussions, with the teacher as an observer.  Wow!

To acquaint your students with Lit Circles try this:

Each lit group should follow this daily format:
(without teacher interference unless necessary)

What does the teacher do?

During group discussions, the teacher observes as an outsider, listening to the groups, and prompting good behavior as needed.  Teachers have found that most students work well in a student directed group.  If a student is removed from his or her group for misbehavior, isolation usually serves as an impetus to keep within behavior guidelines.

Discussion Launchers:
  • I liked...
  • My favorite person...
  • I noticed...
  • What if...
  • Something that reminded me of a time in my own life... (Called a personal connection)
  • I like these descriptions...
  • My least favorite person...
  • The "villain" in the story...
  • I predict...
  • If I could end the story myself, here is how I would end it...
  • Changes in a character...
  • Comparing characters...
  • Where in the world is this place (town, desert, etc.)...
  • I wonder what this means...

    Teacher Cites with more info: