Correspondent Goes First
• Ask the Correspondent to read his/her letter
which summarizes the story.
– Discuss the summary.
– Allow other group members to add detail that they
may have forgotten.
• Ask the Correspondent to read two sections
of the text they felt were the most interesting
and explain why they chose the sections to
– Ask the Word Finder to share each of the
words they chose one at a time and the
sentence or paragraph where the word
– Ask the group to make educated guesses
about the meaning of the word or comment
about the word.
– As a group, decided which words are the
two most important and interesting to write
on your discussion sheet.
• Ask the Connector to read the connection they
– Explain what kind of connection it was (T-T, T-S, or
– Read the passage of the book where the connection
• Allow each member of the group to comment
and also tell their own connections they made to
• Ask the Illustrator to show the picture they
– Without commenting on it, let the group
individually guess what the picture means.
• After everyone has a turn to guess, allow
the Illustrator to tell the group what the
picture means, where it came from, and
what it represents.
• Ask the group the questions you created.
• Allow each person in your group to
participate in the discussion and answer
• After you have discussed your questions
and answers, allow other team members
to present and discuss their questions.
Wrap It Up
• Ask students to make predictions about
what will happen next.
• Fill out “Literature Circle Planning Sheet”
– For the first round or two Mrs. Stroh will set
the jobs and dates. Once the groups are
independent, the members will set the roles
Ways to Have a Good Discussion
• Be prepared
• Sit so everyone can see one another.
• Get started right away.
• Look directly at the person who is talking.
• Listen to understand.
• Ask questions to understand better.
• Speak clearly but not too loudly.
• Wait for the speaker to finish.
• Be sure everyone gets a turn
• Respect on another’s ideas.
• Stay on topic.
• Give examples from the text to support your thinking.
Self Reflection: Taking Part in a Group
• Did I understand what my role was in the group?
• Did I complete my task to the best of my ability?
• Did I have my turn speaking?
• Did I let others have a turn at speaking?
• Did I listen while others were speaking?
• Did I offer to help when it was needed?
• Did I enjoy taking part in the group work?
• Did I enjoy working with others in my group
What were three things that you enjoyed about your role in the
What is something that you want to do differently next time?
• Today you will practice your roles in your literature circles groups.
• Please bring:
– Completed Role Sheet
– Discussion Guide
– Literature Circle Planning Sheet
• After you are finished:
– Please fill out a “Literature Circles Discussion Rubric”
– Hand in your “Literature Circles Discussion Rubric” and “Literature Circle