• Literature Circle Role Sheets

    What Are Literature Circles?

    In literature circles, small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students' response to what they have read. You may hear talk about events and characters in the book, the author's craft, or personal experiences related to the story. Literature circles provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books. Collaboration is at the heart of this approach. Students reshape and add onto their understanding as they construct meaning with other readers. Finally, literature circles guide students to deeper understanding of what they read through structured discussion and extended written and artistic response.

    (from http://www.litcircles.org/)

    Below are downloadable copies of the role sheets we use in class for Literature Circles.

    Click on the one you need for a pdf download.

    Discussion Director

    Content Connector

    Section Summarizer

    Word Watcher

    Literary Luminary

    Illustrious Illustrator

    (These role sheets were adapted from those developed by Jim Burke on his site http://www.englishcompanion.com/, who in turn was influenced by Harvey Daniels and his work with Literature Circles).

Last Modified on July 4, 2007