The Circuit


About the story

This book is a beautiful autobiographical collection of intertwined vignettes about the life of a Mexican migrant child in the 1940s. It’s a quiet, simple story that brings up serious issues we want kids to be thoughtful about. It’s also full of happy, heartwarming vignettes that show a deep love of life and family. The Circuit breaks from our “classic or vintage novel” rule, but it meets our most crucial, inflexible standard: it increases understanding and empathy.

From the author:

WOW! I am so impressed with your LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The Circuit. It’s extraordinarily creative, a rich resource for teachers and a wonderful educational tool for students. Again, I truly feel honored. THANK YOU!       – Dr. Francisco Jiménez

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience The Circuit with your students in hands-on, meaningful ways! Your kids can create thematic (and functional) art, paint prize-winning metaphors, become berry-pickers, write a vital American document, have rich discussions about poor conditions, learn some history, and SO much more!

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are private web pages that include creative and academic downloadables. This lesson planning resource is ideal for ages 8-12, but it’s highly adaptable. Scroll down to get more details and a free idea with template.



Product Description

The LitWits Kit for THE CIRCUIT by Francisco Jiménez - montage projects activities lessons worksheetsThe LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshops on The Circuit. It’s packed with hands-on ways to get into the characters’ shoes. When kids see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and DO what the characters did, they understand more. Better yet, they want to read more.

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are web pages packed with downloadables—templates, activity aids, academic handouts, and more. (Here’s a sample, for a different book.) Because our guides live online, we can link you to useful info and audiovisuals. And you’ll always have the very latest updates!

The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The Circuit includes:

  • sensory prop suggestions, with photos
  • creative project and activity ideas, with photos
  • printable templates, excerpts, and activity prompts
  • takeaway topics, to fuel meaningful conversations
  • printable handouts for creative writing, the narrative arc, setting, and more
  • research and audiovisual links, for one-stop prep and homework help
  • great quotes from the book, where copyright allows
  • a PDF version, for clean and easy printing


This guide is adaptable to a wide range of ages. (See the Ways to Use tab for classroom and homeschool uses.) We find 8-12-year-olds consistently “ready to LitWit,” but you know best what your kids are ready for, interested in, and capable of.

Common Core Alignment
The LitWits experience of this book is jam-packed with carefully integrated lessons — but they’re embedded in FUN, so kids don’t feel “taught.”  At a bare minimum, the use of this guide helps meet these Common Core goals:

THIRD GRADE Common Core Alignment
FOURTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
FIFTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
SIXTH GRADE Common Core Alignment

Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Explorer’s Guides are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.

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