An excellent article on introducing literature circles into a secondary education classroom, with many practical ideas and lots of good advice. An excerpt, which I think shows the author’s sensible tone and approach:
I use literature circles for a variety of purposes, in a number of different ways. Admittedly, I have at times used variations of the format to salvage poor time management on my part, as, for example, near the end of the school year when students need to complete several required core readings. I have also used literature circles with a single text for students with limited English proficiency when I felt that my more teacher-centered instruction wasn’t getting through to them. But literature circles work best simply as a way to lure my students to read for pleasure, when the main objective is to allow students to read freely, joyfully, and independently.
This is something I want to introduce next year very very badly, especially for my on-level kiddos. But it requires planning ahead (ordering books, for one thing), so how nice to have stumbled across a free* day.