Literature Circles are small groups of students who meet together to talk about books they have read.• Each member of the group has a job with certain responsibilities.• If the group is to work effectively, each person must do his job.• Participation and self-control are important ingredients in successful Literature Circles.
Discussion DirectorYour job is to develop a list of questionsthat your group will want to discuss aboutthe piece. Don’t worry about the smalldetails; your job is to help people talkover the big ideas in the reading andshare feelings. Usually the best questionscome from your own thoughts and ideasas you read.
Sample Questions•What was going through your mind as you read this piece?•What was the topic or theme?•Did anything surprise you?•How did you feel about the characters?
Real-Life ConnectorYour job is to connectthe text to something inlife or to another text.Does this story remindyou of anything? Identifywhether your connectionis text to text (TT) ortext to life (TL).
Summarizer Your job is to write a brief summary of the story. That means that you are retelling the key points in a shorter version. Include the main ideas, but leave out small details.
Literary LuminaryYour job is to pick parts of the piece that you want toread aloud to your group. It may help students byspotlighting something in the text. Share your reasonsfor picking the selections you did.You might choose a: - Good Part - Interesting Part - Confusing Part - Funny Part - Important Part - Surprising Part - Scary Part - Good Description -Good Writing Sample
IllustratorYour job is to draw anything about thepiece you liked. You may also drawsomething as a response to the reading. -Character -Setting -Problem -Exciting Part -Surprising PartWhen your group meets, don’t say whatyour drawing is. Let them guess and talkabout it. Then you can tell them about it.
Word SeekerWrite down any words you don’t know.Also write down words the author usedthat you think are especially interesting orvivid. Use a dictionary to ﬁnd wordmeanings. When your group meets, helpyour group members talk about the wordsyou have chosen.
Travel Tracer• In a book where characters move around a lot and the scenes change frequently, it is important for everyone in your group to know where things are happening and how the setting may have changed. The setting is a very important part of the story. Your job is to track where the action takes place. 11
Character AnalyzerYour job is to choose a character andwrite a response about him/her. Doesthis character remind you of anyone?What is your opinion of the character?What does he look like, and what does hedo? Identify some of the character’straits and give evidence from the story tosupport your ideas.
Remember:• Do your job with excellence!• Do your part to enableyour group to have ameaningful conversationabout your book.• Stay on topic as you talk.• Share your ideas and enjoythe conversation.