Literature Circles, small groups of students read
of these tasks that students are responsible for
Your job is to develop a list of 4 or 5 questions that your
group might want to discuss about this part of the book.
Donít ask questions about small details. Your task
is to help people talk over the big ideas in the reading
and share their reactions.
Your job is to locate a few special sections of the text
that your group would like to hear read aloud. The idea
is to help people remember some interesting, powerful,
puzzling, funny, or important sections of the text. (Mark
each paragraph with a post-it.) List the page number
and the paragraph number you plan on having them
read. Also, write a sentence of two stating why you
chose the paragraph.
job is to draw some kind of picture related to the reading. Take your time and
draw a quality picture. As
you present your drawing, have the other members of
your group comment before you explain it.
job is to find connections between the book your
group is reading and the world outside. This means
connecting the reading to your own life, to happenings
at school or in the community, to similar events at other
times and places, to other places, to other people or
problems that you are reminded of.
and Crazy Word Finder:
job is to find 5 to 8 especially important words in
todayís reading. List the page number and paragraph, the word, and the definition. Mark where each word is located with a post-it.
job is to prepare a brief summary of the dayís
reading. The other members will be counting on you to
summarize the key points, the main highlights, the
essence of the selection.