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Literature Circles
Cindy Cruz-Cabrera
about.me/cindycruzcabrera en.gravatar.com/cindycatz
prof.cindycatz@gmail.com
(for su...
• To promote reading by creating literate
communities within the classroom.
• To respond personally to literature as
meani...
Literature Circle Roles
source
Christine Boardman Moen
Teaching with Newbery Books: Strategies for Using Newberys Across the Curriculum
Discussion Director
• Develops a list of questions the group might
want to discuss
• Directs focus on main ideas, major co...
Vocabulary Enricher
• Brings the group’s attention to unfamiliar or
important words or phrases in the text that
may be use...
Literary Luminary (Passage Master)
• Selects special passages or sections of the text
to read aloud
• Chooses passages tha...
Process Checker
• Keeps track of each member’s participation
during the literature circle encounter
• Reviews the group’s ...
Connector
• Points out to the group any connections the
reading has with other material the class has
read
• Relates the t...
Map Maker
• Creates maps of geographical locations,
events, and space-time concerns
• Linear time / timeline
• Circular ti...
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Literature Circles Cindy Cruz-Cabrera

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a very useful tool sourced from the book "Teaching with the Newberys" - for readers of all levels!

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Literature Circles Cindy Cruz-Cabrera

  1. 1. Literature Circles Cindy Cruz-Cabrera about.me/cindycruzcabrera en.gravatar.com/cindycatz prof.cindycatz@gmail.com (for submission of requirements only) Facebook Group: Principles of Written Communication 2 ENG007 T313
  2. 2. • To promote reading by creating literate communities within the classroom. • To respond personally to literature as meaning is constructed from the text • To meet regularly • To play the different literature circle roles / roles of a reader • To create a log of roles, answers, and updates for each literature circle encounter
  3. 3. Literature Circle Roles
  4. 4. source Christine Boardman Moen Teaching with Newbery Books: Strategies for Using Newberys Across the Curriculum
  5. 5. Discussion Director • Develops a list of questions the group might want to discuss • Directs focus on main ideas, major concepts, and the like. • Open-ended questions • Statements that will jumpstart the discussion • Layers of story meaning
  6. 6. Vocabulary Enricher • Brings the group’s attention to unfamiliar or important words or phrases in the text that may be used a lot, used in unusual ways, or are key to the meaning of the day’s reading. • Shares definitions • Illustrates use of words or phrases in examples
  7. 7. Literary Luminary (Passage Master) • Selects special passages or sections of the text to read aloud • Chooses passages that are memorable or significant in some way (sad, funny, dramatic, striking, profound, and the like) • Discusses the passages
  8. 8. Process Checker • Keeps track of each member’s participation during the literature circle encounter • Reviews the group’s meeting • Writes comments about each member’s role/s and contributions • Records any group highlights or problems during the meeting
  9. 9. Connector • Points out to the group any connections the reading has with other material the class has read • Relates the text with social, cultural and historical norms or issues, and life and the world in general • Text – characters, events, situations, and the like
  10. 10. Map Maker • Creates maps of geographical locations, events, and space-time concerns • Linear time / timeline • Circular time, and the like • Setting • Parallel universes, multiple worlds

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