Overview:

A "Literature Circle" is a structure for talking about a book with your peers as you read it together. Students are in charge of the discussion and for setting reading assignments together (how many pages read before next discussion). There are between 4 -6 members in each literature circle, and each member rotates one of the following jobs throughout the project.




Discussion Director/Facilitator:

This student is responsible for writing down 5 thought-provoking questions for the purpose of group discussion based on that day’s reading assignment. As the group Facilitator, it is also this student's job to direct the group discussion, keep track of student work, and rate the group's "Habits of Work" each day the group meets.


Connector:

This student is responsible for finding connections between the text his/her group is reading and the outside world. This means connecting the reading to the following: his/her own life, happenings at school or in the community, similar events at other times and places, other books or stories, other writings on the same topic, or other writings by the same author.




Character Captain:

This student is responsible for revealing specific personality traits of the character(s) within the novel. This means he/she will find examples in the assigned reading of behaviors/actions that help group members to know the character(s).

Common Character Traits: A List of Adjectives
adventurous
awesome
artistic
athletic
active
beautiful
brave
bold
bossy
cheerful
curious
creative
courageous
considerate
daring
impulsive
dainty
dangerous
exciting
entertaining
energetic
funny
a fighter
friendly
fun-loving
gentle
generous
happy
humble
hostile
honest
intelligent
independent
inventive
a leader
lazy
messy
mischievous
mean
neat
nasty
nice
nosy
open
poor
proud
pretty
quiet
rich
respectful
rad
sad
sloppy
serious
successful
shy
short
smart
studious
selfish
simple
tall
trustworthy
thoughtful
unselfish
warm
witty
wild
wonderful
silly
melancholy
mellow
aimless
loud
prudent
iconoclastic
penurious
belligerent
loyal
visionary



Artful Adventurer:

This student is responsible for sharing an artistic representation of the material read. Avenues for expression may include: artwork in any medium, music, poetry, collage, music, mobile or anything else which represents an aspect of the material read.

What I shared: __

In the space below please provide a written description of what you shared and explain how it represents a facet of the assigned reading.



Vocabulary Enricher:

This student is responsible for finding especially important vocabulary in the story. Vocabulary selected should focus on words that are unfamiliar, interesting, important, repetitive, funny, puzzling, descriptive, vivid or those used in an unusual way.

Word selected and page # where found:

Definition based on context -- use of dictionary is encouraged!

Reason word was selected:
















When your group members meet, help them find and discuss the words you have chosen. You might discuss the following:
  • How does the word fit in the story?
  • How does this word make you feel?
  • What is the etymology, or origin, of this word?
  • What images does this word evoke, or make you think of?
  • Does this word carry any specific connotations, or meanings that are positive or negative?


April 17 it is due