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Literature Circles  -  Group Role Sheets
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Discussion Director

Date:_____
Novel you’re reading:________________________
Pages read to prepare for this discussion:_______

As the Discussion Director, it is your job to write down some good questions that you think your group would want to talk about. List a minimum of five thought provoking questions below. (Think of these starters: Why..., If..., What..., Who..., and How...)

1.)

2.)

3.)

4.)

5.)

Literary Luminary

Date: _____
Novel you’re reading: ________________________
Pages read to prepare for this discussion: _______

As the Literary Luminary, it is your job to read aloud parts of the story to your group in order to help your group members remember some interesting, powerful, puzzling, or important sections of the text. You decide which passages or paragraphs are worth reading aloud, and justify your reasons for selecting them. Write the page numbers and paragraph numbers on this form along with the reason you chose each passage. You must choose a minimum of 3 passages.

Some reasons for choosing passages to share might include:

* Pivotal events * Informative * Descriptive * Surprising * Scary

* Thought-provoking * Funny * Controversial * Confusing * Personally meaningful

Location

Reason for choosing the passage

Page _____

Paragraph ___




Location

Reason for choosing the passage

Page _____

Paragraph ___




Location

Reason for choosing the passage

Page _____

Paragraph ___




Connector

Date: _____
Novel you’re reading: ________________________
Pages read to prepare for this discussion: _______

As the Connector, it is your job to find connections between the novel your group is reading and the outside world. This means connection the reading to:

* Your own life* Happenings at school or in the neighborhood

* Similar events at other times and places* Other books or stories

* Other writings on same topic* Other writings by the same author

Think about a minimum of two connections today’s reading reminded you of. List the connection and explain how the events are similar.

1.)

2.)

Character Captain

Date: _____
Novel you’re reading: ________________________
Pages read to prepare for this discussion: _______

As the Character Captain, it is your job to share observations you have about the main character(s). Select three adjectives that describe one or more of the characters in your novel, and support your selection with an example taken from your reading assignment.

Character

Specific Example of behavior/action:

Character:

Adjective:

Page: _____ Paragraph: _____

Character:

Adjective:

Page: _____ Paragraph: _____

Character:

Adjective:

Page: _____ Paragraph: _____


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

Artistic Adventurer

Date: _____
Novel you’re reading: ________________________
Pages read to prepare for this discussion: _______

As the Artistic Adventurer it is your responsibility for sharing an artistic representation of the material you read for today’s Literature Circle. Some ideas for sharing may include: a character, the setting, a problem, an exciting part, a surprise, a prediction, or anything else. Examples of genres for expression may include:

* Artwork* Music* Poetry* Collage* Mobile

Have fun! Let your imagination soar!

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

Date: _____
Novel you’re reading: ________________________
Pages read to prepare for this discussion: _______

As the Vocabulary Enricher, it is your job to look for especially important vocabulary words within the book your group is reading. Words chosen should be:

* Important* Unfamiliar* Different* Puzzling

* Funny* Used in an unusual way* Interesting

List a minimum of 5 words you feel would be worth discussing with your group.

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 of this word?
  • What images does this word evoke?
  • Does this word carry any specific connotations?

 

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