I will help groups choose the same novel for our Literature Circles.
Some groups will be decided by like genres. Other groups will be
assigned. [I will explain to you why that is necessary]
Once your have your novels I will go
over the necessary sheets each group will need to have completed by the end
of the unit.
We will first receive our folders
where all graphic organizers and role sheets must be kept.
You will take turns in the Literature
circle roles. We have a sheet to keep track of this.
Let's evaluate our understanding of what our tasks are in Literature
The roles are:
Word Wizard, Summarizer, Discussion Leader, Phrase Finder,, Summarizer,
Illustrator, Character tracer, and Real Life Connector.
sheets are to be completed in school for the most part. If your group is
getting behind you may have to catch up. Your group must make some decisions
as to how much to do each night. Remember you have a log to write as well.
try your best. I will hand out all necessary sheets so that your
group will have enough to begin. When you run out you must ask for more.
Check the number of chapters in your book. If you
have twenty you will continue to read a chapter and complete a sheet.
Your group should have all role sheets completed by the end of
Each sheet is based on a 1-5 rubric.
NOTE: Those of you who do
not have twenty chapters have some decisions to make! First you must decide
how many pages to read rather than chapters. You must decide how many sheets
you will do. For example if you decide to do 15 sheets- each will be worth
6.6 points each. If you decide on 10 then each sheet will be worth 10
points. This is your decision as a group! (That’s why I passed out all 24
sheets at the same time)
Use your role tracker sheets to make sure you have one or more chances
to do each role, and complete the sheet that
corresponds to the roles.
You are responsible for
completing one sheet each time you read. Do
this sheet on your own. However, make sure you share and write other's
ideas on the sheets as well.
First Literature Circle Meeting
• Decide how much of the text to read and which role each of you will
fill during the next meeting.
• Make sure you have a copy of the correct role sheet.
• Read your text and prepare for literature circle meetings.
Following Literature Circle Meetings (repeat until the text is
• Use the prepared sheets for each role and use story details record
Guide the group’s reading and discussion, according to the role you
are filling for the session.
• Be open and make sure that everyone has a chance to participate.
• Remember that personal stories that connect to the reading and
open-ended questions about the text are welcome.
• Decide how much of the text to read and rotate the roles that each
of you will fill during the next meeting.