Group Discussing the same book.
Each group must have leaders who take on the
responsibility of each role. Ideal grouping is five or less.
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.
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.
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.
1. Complete the summary section of
worksheet. Be sure to include only the
important characters and events. Donít
try to tell everything
2. Be prepared to read your summary
your team. (Practice your
3. After you read your summary to the
help them to write their own
on their worksheets.
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
2-4 challenging words from today's reading assignment.
2. Write each word and its page
on an index card.
3. Write the sentence from the novel
where the word was found.
4. Write the definition of each word
the back of the card.
5. Be prepared to teach the words to
team. To do this, read the sentence
from the book and
discuss the meaning
of the word.
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
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