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Keen To Ditch The ‘Roles’ And Implement Full-Strength Lit Circles/Book Clubs?

Why This Course?

This online course is for you if:

  • you’ve found yourself fumbling your way through Lit Circles/ Book Clubs but aren’t really sure what you’re doing
  • you’ve ever wondered if there’s more to Lit Circles /Book Clubs than 'roles' and stilted conversation
  • you’ve used Lit Circles / Book Clubs with your students but want to know more about what full-strength implementation is meant to look like.

In this self-paced online mini-course, I team up with fellow Literacy Consultant Mardi Gorman to go back to the original Lit Circles research and find out what full-strength implementation was actually supposed to look like.

We discuss the original intent of this small group instructional practice and the reasons you’d want to use it with your students. We also talk about how the version of Lit Circles that exists in many schools today is a watered down and therefore less powerful version of what it should be. 

We watch a video of a Lit Circle in action and pull it apart to help you implement more effective book club discussions with your students. (We also tell you why we prefer to call them Book Clubs instead of Lit Circles).

Finally, we provide you with downloadable resources to help banish Lit Circles ‘roles’ and move towards more authentic, rich, deep and engaging discussions about texts. (Thank goodness!)

What you'll learn in this course

The what, why and how of full-strength Lit Circles / Book Clubs.

The history and research base of Literature Circles.

Practical strategies for implementing effective Book Clubs.

Click here to sign up to this Lit Circles / Book Clubs mini-course

What's inside the course?

In this course I've teamed up with fellow literacy consultant Mardi Gorman to explore all things full-strength Literature Circles / Book Clubs.

Over the course of 1.5 hours (broken into bite-sized lessons) we explore everything you need to know to implement the full-strength version of this practice in your classroom. You'll have access to all of these lessons as soon as you sign up and keep access for 6 months from your purchase date :

  • Lesson 1: The what and why of Lit Circles / Book Clubs
  • Lesson 2: The History of Lit Circles
  • Lesson 3: Key ingredients of a good Book Club
  • Lesson 4: Rich discussion in a Book Club
  • Lesson 5: Preparing for the Book Club
  • Lesson 6: Implementation Tips
  • Lesson 7: Evaluation of the Book Club
  • Bonus: Recorded Q&A discussion 

You'll also be able to download a participation certificate once you've completed the course.

Course feedback


I'm so glad I stumbled upon a facebook post that recommended your course. I found the content very helpful and it was delivered in a way that was very easy for me to pick up and play when I had time. 

I admired how engaged the students were in the example videos and how this enabled the teacher to collect data on the students' comprehension.

I'll be implementing book clubs in my year 6 class this term. I'm really enthusiastic about how this use of book clubs will further prepare my class for high school specifically by encouraging independent, rich conversations.


"I appreciated hearing about the history of Lit Circles.

The most valuable things were your suggestions and connection of Lit Circles to the Speaking and Listening curriculum, as well as providing sentence starters for talk."


Yes please! Sign me up now.

All the details:

What: This is a self-paced online course. It includes pre-recorded videos and downloadable resources. 

When: You'll have access to all the lessons as soon as you sign up and keep your access for 6 months from the date of purchase.

Price: $70AUD + GST ($77 total) per person. If you'd like to enquire about large group discounts (or pay in another currency) please email [email protected]

Time: 1.5 hours total

The good part: 5% of all profits from Oz Lit Teacher courses go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation

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Engaging professional development that you can access anytime, any time, from any device.

You'll have access to the course for 6-months so you can revisit the videos and resources as many times as you like in that time.

The course is accessible via desktop or laptop and even through the Kajabi app on your tablet or phone. (Which means you can listen to the lessons while out walking the dog.)