Literature circles are a fun way to read the story and work with a group to discuss the events. You will each have a role (job) that will change each time you meet with your circle. You must complete your job and be ready to share your work with your group at each circle. You will receive points for your independent work and how well you work with your group. Failure to complete your job will mean you will have to work alone or with me instead of working with your group, and you will receive 0 points for that day.
Job: Summarizer/Sequencer Option 1: Read the assigned pages and write a summary of what happens that you can share with your group. Your summary should be written in full sentences and should include all the important details from the story and highlight the key points.
Option 2: Read the assigned pages and write at least 6 statements that summarize what happened. Cut them out and have your group put them in the correct order.
Job: Vocabulary Finder Read the assigned pages and find new and interesting vocabulary. You need to find 6 different words. For each word, you need to provide a definition. You can use a dictionary or the Internet to help you with this. Be prepared to share your vocabulary words and the definitions with your group.
Read the assigned pages and draw some kind of picture related to what you read. It can be in the form of a cartoon or a drawing. It doesn’t have to be a Picasso but it must be colored and neatly done. It can be about an event in the story, or an element of the story such as a character or the setting. Show your picture without saying anything first and see if your group members can understand your message. Then explain your drawing and why you completed it this way.
Job: Question Creator
Read the assigned pages and develop four questions about the story. The questions should be thought provoking and should be questions that would need to be answered in at least two sentences. You should also prepare the answers to your questions. The questions will be answered by your group members and you will be the expert on the answers.
Why do you think this character behaved this way?
How did the character ______ react when _________happened?
How did this character feel when this happened?
Was there anything surprising in this chapter?
Are there any examples of foreshadowing in this chapter?
Read the assigned pages and notice the settings of the story and how they change. Your job is to track where the action takes place. Describe each
setting in detail either in words or with a picture map that you can show and
discuss with your group.
Job: Author’s Craft Locator.
Read the assigned pages and find two examples of an author’s craft being
used. Author’s crafts include figurative language (metaphor, simile,
alliteration, personification etc), use of foreshadowing, flashback, suspense,
Read the assigned pages and make a connection with a character or event in the section. You could make a connection to your own life, another book you have read or some other experience you have had or watched.
Job: Character Commentator
Read the assigned pages and select one of the characters. Make some comment about your character such as whether you like them or dislike them and why, whether you agreed or disagreed with what they did or how they behaved, or provide some character traits for them with evidence.