Definition of Roles for Literature Circles.

Your Role is Really  Important and contributes to the group mark.

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                    A Group Discussing the same book.

Each group must have leaders who take on the responsibility of each role. Ideal grouping is five or less.

Discussion leader:

Your job is to develop a list of questions that your group might want to discuss about this part of the book. Don't worry about the small details; your task is to help people talk over the big ideas in the reading and share their reactions. Usually the best discussion questions come from your own thoughts, feelings, and concerns as you read. You can list them below during or after your reading. You may also use some of the general questions below to develop topics for your group.


Phrase Finder

1. Find3 to 5 interesting sentences or phrases.

2. Write down what you find interesting or special about the way the author connected these words.

3. Read these to your group and discuss them. If your group found other ways to see these sentences or phrases different from you write these down.


Character Tracer 

When you are reading a book characters change and we learn more about them as we read chapter to chapter. It is important for everyone in your group to know the main character and those characters who support the main character well. So that's your job: to track carefully  the character's actions and reasons for those actions. Describe each character in detail, either in words or with an action map or diagram you can show to your group.  Be sure to give the page locations where the scene is described.



              Reader's Workshop   

1. Complete the summary section of your worksheet. Be sure to include only the important characters and events. Donít try to tell everything that happened!

2. Be prepared to read your summary to your team. (Practice your presentation in advance.)

3. After you read your summary to the team, help them to write their own summaries on their worksheets.

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Word Wizard

The word wizard figures out words that may be challenging for the group and helps the group understand the meaning in context of the sentences surrounding the word or the general ideas from context.

Your group must have a word box. The box must be large enough to hole index cards. A small shoe box will do.

1.Choose 2-4 challenging words from today's reading assignment.

2. Write each word and its page number on an index card.

3. Write the sentence from the novel where the word was found.

4. Write the definition of each word on the back of the card.

5. Be prepared to teach the words to your team. To do this, read the sentence from the book and discuss the meaning of the word.




Your job is to draw some kind of picture related to the reading. It can be a sketch, cartoon, diagram, flow chart, or stick figure scene. You can draw a picture of something that is discussed specifically in your book, something that the reading reminded you of, or a picture that conveys any idea or feeling you got from the reading. Any kind of drawing or graphic is okay. You can even label things with words if that helps. Make your drawing on this paper.


Real Life Connector 

 Your job is to find connections between the book your group is reading and the world outside [text-to-world], your own experience [text-to-self] and to other books [text-to-text]. This means connecting the reading to your own life, happenings at school or in the community, similar events at other times and places, or other people or problems that this book brings to mind. You might also see connections between this book and other writings on the same topic or other writings by the same author. There are no right answers here.   Whatever the reading connects you with is worth sharing!

NOTE: Make sure that you choose a role that will help all members of the group understand the meaning and themes in your novel.