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Literature Circle Roles
Assigning roles in literature circles
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Discussion Director

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 your own questions.

Illustrator

Your job is to draw some kind of picture related to the chapter.  
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 the chapter, 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 graphic is okay.  
Make sure that you label all of your pictures and describe (using words) what you have drawn.

Have a different picture for each chapter assigned to you.

Vocabulary Enricher

Your job is to be on the lookout for a few especially important words.  
If you find words that are puzzling or unfamiliar, mark them with a post-it note while you are reading and later jot down the definition.  
You may also run across familiar words that stand out in the reading—words that are repeated a lot, are used in an unusual way, or provide a key to the meaning of the text.  
Mark these special words, and be ready to point them out to the group.  
When your circle meets, help members find and discuss these words.

Travel Tracer

When you are reading a book in which characters move around often and the scene changes frequently, it is important for everyone in your group to know where things are happening and how the setting may have changed.  So it’s your job to track carefully where the action takes place.  
Describe each setting in detail, either in words or with an action map or diagram you can show to your group.  
You may use the back of this sheet or another sheet.  
Be sure to give the page locations where the scene is described.

Summarizer

Your job is to prepare a brief summary of each chapter.  
Your group discussion will start with your 1 -2 minute statement that covers the key points, main highlights, and general idea of the chapter.

Connector

Your job is to find connections between the book you’re reading and the world outside.  
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.  
Whatever the reading connects you with is worth sharing!



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