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Science/Inquiry Literature Circles

Don't you just love sitting down with friends to discuss the latest bestseller or even better, introducing them to an old favorite? There's a certain excitement to sharing what you read, letting others know how you are impacted by a particular text and finding out if they had the same reaction to it. There is pleasure to be found in learning about new authors and trying a new genre on for size. The excitement and pleasure of book discovery and the sharing of response is an experience that can be passed along to your students by making literature circles a regular routine in your classroom.

What are Literature Circles?

Literature circles tend to look and run a bit differently from classroom to classroom. In spite of the variations that you might find, there are some similarities, or core parts, to literature circles.

What do Literature Circles Bring to the Classroom?

The benefits to incorporating literature circles into the classrooms are many and varied. We offer just a few reasons why you might consider using these discussion forums in your classroom.

Using Literature Circles for Science

Another advantage you gain by using literature circles with your students is the ease with which they might be used in subject areas other than language arts, making them particularly good choices for integrated curricular practice. Consider how you might use literature circles in your science classroom and science in your language arts classroom.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9912078. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.