Literature Circles for Reluctant High School Readers
Three lessons that will encourage all of your students to get excited about literature
- Grades: 9–12
How can you get your reluctant readers to actually read the books you assign — or any books at all for that matter? Literature Circles are a wonderful answer to this dilemma, even for the most reluctant of high school readers.
- Work in cooperative groups where everyone is involved to read a novel.
- Fulfill their chosen Literature Circle Role(s) to contribute to the group.
- Complete literature responses and participate in the "Technological Grand Conversations."
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Lesson 1: Training Students for Literature Circles
Lesson 2: Literature Circles in Action
Lesson 3: Technological Grand Conversations
Students choose between creating a summarization storyboard, a graphic novel of the book (or selected section of the book), performing a scene from the book with a context book talk, or writing a character journal. These projects all demonstrate a connection and comprehension of the novel while giving students a choice in how they are assessed.