Literature Circle Rubric Example

Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

Are you looking for a meaningful way to assess your students during literature circles? Check out this lesson for a literature circle rubric and information validating the importance of assessing students during reading activities.

Literature Circles

Literature circles are a wonderful way for students to read and discuss books that are on their skill level. This is a useful method for differentiation so that you can help each reader achieve his/her best. Not everyone reads the same way. Using literature circles helps students with the following:

  • become more confident, engaged, and accountable for what they are reading
  • time to learn from peers
  • increase student's comprehension and practice of skills and strategies
  • ownership in their reading ability and learning

The more they read, the better they will get!

Why a Literature Circle Rubric?

The Students

Students work hard during literature circles and deserve credit along with some accountability. Some students work very diligently and take their roles seriously. These students are dedicated, motivated, and enthusiastic about what they are reading and what they can bring to the group during discussion time.

On the other hand, some students need a little extra encouragement and a little 'push'. Some students may get off-task when they are given something that doesn't count for a grade. They may just rely on others to do the work and in turn, they don't pull their weight in the group like they should. Eventually, you want students to learn the benefits of participating and working well in literature circles. However, sometimes when you say something is 'graded', they give that extra effort!

Due to the variances in each student's learning style, motivation, and ability, a literature circle rubric benefits all students involved. It's a meaningful way to assess what the students are contributing and what they know.

The Teacher

From the teacher's perspective, using a literature circle rubric helps you learn a great deal about your students and their ability to comprehend texts beyond what is just written. It's amazing the creativity and higher order thinking skills that are shown or can develop when students meet in their groups.

Using a rubric to help focus on key components can help the teacher meet each student's needs as they become great readers. The rubric is an excellent source of grading that provides you with:

  • information specific to each student's reading ability, including strengths and weaknesses
  • a way to track progress over time
  • topics to discuss with the students to engage them in self-evaluation
  • a conversational piece for parents to have to help their child at home when reading independently
  • an informal way of assessing reading comprehension with differentiated texts
  • a guide to show if students can work cooperatively in groups

Literature Circle Rubric

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