I would like to re-attempt literature circles this year (had mixed results a few years back with some apathetic grade sixes) but the rule in teaching is "model, model, model". Has anyone every modeled LCs with a whole-class read aloud? This is my plan but I'd like to hear some feedback from anyone who has tried it, or anyone who could give some pointers as to what worked for them. I plan to read the classic, "Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIMH", while demonstrating the different roles. As we get deeper into the book, I'll start giving the roles to students who are divided into groups. I know the premise of LCs is to have the groups decide their own reading path and to do their reading independently but my kids love to be read to by me and I enjoy doing it. If I find this is a good "breaking in" for LCs, in the early spring, I'm going to let them choose novels from a mystery kit I've ordered, whereby they can then assume the roles and do their reading independently, as the idea of LCs implies. Thoughts? Tips? Suggestions? Thanks in advance.