Literature Circles Day 1

For our WA today, students voted in the FINAL FOUR round of our March Madness Book Bracket. The two books that will be moving onto the championship are The Hate U Give and Ready Player One! We will vote on those next week! After voting, students moved into IR while I checked in everybody’s literature circle tasks.

Today marked our first literature circle discussion! Students came prepared with a section of the text read and a task completed to aid in the discussion of this part of the book.

Everyday we do literature circles, we will always begin with a journal prompt, and talking about journal responses will be part of the discussion had in groups. Today’s journal prompt is below, so if you were absent today, make sure to respond to the journal in your orange packet:

Did you know that it can take months to design a book cover for a book? Creative directors consider everything: color, shadow, font, image, etc. They not only want to appeal to a particular audience, but they want to communicate something about the book through the design.

Study the cover of your lit circle book. Consider everything about it—the color, objects, type of text, etc. Write down what you notice and what that might mean about the content and tone of the book. What message could the design be sending? Why would the creative director choose that picture, image, or design over something else?

For five minutes, write your thoughts about this. You will begin your discussion by sharing your ideas.

Before we dove into discussion for the day, we took some time to review what good discussion questions look like. I also introduced students to a few different discussion moves. These are moves people make in discussions ALL THE TIME – NOT JUST IN LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSES. As I said to the students, some of us are really good at certain ones like bouncing off someone else’s ideas and adding some of our own; however, there are other moves, such as inquire and sum it up, that we aren’t as strong at, so those are the ones you’ll really want to focus on in your groups.

In order to show students what these moves look like and how they are incorporated into discussions, Mrs. Ruff/Mr. Runkle and I demonstrated how we would use certain discussion moves in a discussion of “The Veldt.” Students jumped in during this conversation and made some truly amazing insights into the text and the connections between the text and Peter Pan.

After this, students moved into their own discussion about the book, and Mrs. Ruff/Mr. Runkle and I just observed. We will talk about our observations on TUESDAY in order to push ourselves further with discussion.


  1. Read for 60 minutes.
  2. Complete Day 2 reading/task for TUESDAY