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Literature circles

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Literature Circle Introduction

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Literature circles

  1. 1. Literature Circles A learning community
  2. 2. What is a literature circle? Literature study provides opportunities to discuss how authors create and craft quality literature. A literature circle is an opportunity to participate in reflective discussions about literature within supportive group environments.
  3. 3. The Purpose  to develop personal responses to a text  to experience peer sharing of understandings, interpretations, and comments about a text  to extend students' comprehension of literary selections  to involve students in discussion, negotiation, compromise and decision-making in a group setting  to develop appreciation of authors' styles  to develop good reading strategies
  4. 4. Tasks • Each literature circle is comprised of your group members who each have their own jobs!
  5. 5. Vocabulary Enricher • Your job is to look for a few important words in your reading. If you find words that are puzzling or unfamiliar, mark them down your page while you are reading. Once you are done, you can look them up in a dictionary and write down their definitions. You may also find words in the reading that are significant to the story. Mark these words too, and be ready to point them out to the group. When your circle meets, help members find and discuss the words.
  6. 6. Summarizer Your job is to prepare a summary of the reading. Don’t tell the whole story, just focus on the important parts. The other members of your group will be counting on you to give them a quick statement that tells about the story (the summary), and the key points.
  7. 7. Your job is to choose a paragraph or sentences from the book to discuss with your group. Your purpose is to help other students by spotlighting something 1. interesting 2. powerful 3. funny 4.puzzling 5. important from the text You can read parts aloud yourself, or ask another group member to read them. Include your reasons for picking the paragraphs or sections you did. Be sure to record the page number and paragraph. Come prepared with a plan of discussion: - Ask a question - Determine the passages importance to the story - Clear up something confusing - Detail how this passage shows character development/ development of setting/ or how it propels the plot.
  8. 8. Literary Luminary Example Page # and Paragraph Reason for Choosing Plan for Discussion Page 504 Mrs Frank: We’re all of us hungry. I see the children getting thinner and thinner. Your own son Peter… I’ve heard him moan in his sleep, he’s so hungry. Any you come in the night and steal food that should go to them the children… I chose this passage because it helps characterize and further develop the character of Mrs. Frank and Mr. Vann Dann How does this part connect to the theme of survival? Ideas: people will do anything to survive, including placing their own children in danger… is this a natural reaction for everyone? Who wouldn’t put their own children first? This shows a side of Mrs. Frank we haven’t seen before… is she a fundamentally better person than Mr. Vann Dann? Page 493 Mr. Kraler: that’s the man. A couple of weeks ago, when I was in the storeroom, he closed the door and asked me… how’s Mr. Frank? What do you hear from Mr. Frank? I told him I only knew where was a rumor that you were in Switzerland…..
  9. 9. Discussion Director Your job is to write a list of questions that your group might want to discuss about this part of the book. The best questions will come from your own thoughts, feelings, and ideas about this section of the book. You also need to write your own answers to these questions.
  10. 10. Connector • Your job is to find connections between the book you are reading and the outside world. This means connecting what you read with your own life, to what happens at school or in the community, to similar events at other times and places, or to other people or problems. Once you have shared your connection to this section of the book, each member of your group will also relate their own connection to the book, although they may refer to a different passage.
  11. 11. The Process Each literature circle will have one person performing each job. Group Letter Vocabulary Enricher Connector Literary Luminary Discussion Director Summarizer Group Number Summarizer Summarizer Summarizer Summarizer