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  • 1. Vocabulary Detective
    The vocabulary detective is responsible for identifying words that the literature circle group may need to know.
  • 2. Vocabulary Detective
    The vocabulary detective should make a list of words that are result of asking the following:
    1. Are there words that I have never heard of before?
    2. Are there words for which I do not now the meaning?
    3. Are there words I have seen before but I am not sure of the meaning?
  • 3. Vocabulary Detective
    At this point, the vocabulary detective can use websites like:
    The Internet Picture Dictionary
    The always popular online dictionary:
    http://www.dictionary .com
  • 4. Vocabulary Dictionary
    The information can be recorded in a log like this:
  • 5. Or in Graphic Organizers
    Samples from
    McKnight, Katherine. (2010). The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers: 100 Reproducible Organizers That Help Kids with Reading, Writing, and More. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
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  • 8. Media Detective
    The media detective scours the Internet in search for images, videos and information that is related to topics from the literature circle group’s novel.
  • 9. Here are some sample sites for…
    Let’s pretend that were assigned the Media Detective Role…..where should we go?
    Where should we begin our search?
  • 10. Illustrator
    The illustrator’s job is visually recreate scenes from the novel.
  • 11. Ideas for Illustration
    Digital Cameras for still pictures or movies
    Programs like “Paint”
    Making a collage with Google Images
  • 12. Assessment
    Not a role, per se, but clearly a necessity.
  • 13. Projects
    When students finish a novel, it’s a celebration!
    Here are some ideas for projects:
    Create a model of a scene or important location from the text. Some examples include Boo Radley’s house from To Kill a Mockingbird or the castle from Macbeth.
    Write a series of postcards to a friend, family member, the author, or to character. Create artwork for one side of the postcard and write to your audience on the other side.
  • 14. More Project Ideas
    Create a billboards or ad campaign for the text.
    Write a song or create an instrumental piece that represents the theme of the text.
    Create a book cover. Include a description of the book that would interest potential readers.
    Select a key quote from the text and paint or draw a picture that illustrates the meaning of the quote.
    Produce a file or video that reveals the students’ comprehension of the text.
    Create a museum exhibit based on your novel.
  • 15. Even more project ideas
    Digital Story Telling sample
  • 16. Some Reminders about Motivation and Choice
    Based on Daniel Pink’s book, Drive
  • 17. What ideas do you have for final projects?
  • 18. Additional Resources
    Daniels, H. & Steineke, N. (2003). Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    Looking for Books?
    The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents is an independent assembly of NCTE. Founded in November 1973, ALAN is made up of teachers, authors, librarians, publishers, teacher-educators and their students, and others who are particularly interested in the area of young adult literature. ALAN, which is self-governing, holds its annual meetings during the NCTE annual convention in November and also publishes The ALAN Review.
    The website features authors and titles for adolescent readers. The books are reviewed monthly.
  • 19. Where you can find me….
    Email: katie@katherinemcknight.com
    Website: katherinemcknight.com
    Twitter: @literacyworld
    Facebook: Katie Siewert McKnight Literacy
  • 20. As I was completing some last minute details…..
    Integrating History and English